Due to a significant and unexpected loss in funding, in addition to the impacts of COVID-19, beginning October 12th all HOBT staff will be furloughed for three months. The Board of Directors will use that time to work towards a sustainable foundation for the Seed of MayDay to grow and call on the community for long term support. Read our full statement here.
We know this: our work is not yet done, we’re not ready to give up. It’s time to rise. We hope you, our community, will join us as collaborators and thinking partners as we navigate this next chapter of HOBT’s transformation and work to create a strong foundation for the future of the MayDay Celebration.
This year we invite you to become MayDay Seed Keepers: ongoing stewards of the beloved MayDay Celebration. As a MayDay Seed Keeper, you can be a part of tending to the MayDay seed in multiple ways:
- As a monthly donor, you tend to the seed each month, ensuring that it sprouts year after year. Your gift of $10/month ensures a healthy and thriving MayDay Celebration for years to come.
- Invite your community to donate with you. We encourage you to set a goal and call on your community to help meet it. By sharing the work of tending the seeds, you can empower yourself and your network to participate in building a stronger, sustainable, and vibrant system in support of MayDays to come. Here's how!
- Make a one time gift. Our one time donors have always been an integral piece of contributing to MayDay. We know that when it comes to cultivating growth, every moment of care helps.
By joining with Seed Keepers in South Minneapolis and beyond, you are working to grow a MayDay Celebration that offers a truly accessible, equitable, intergenerational experience in May 2021 and beyond.
Become a SeedKeeper!
As a monthly donor, you tend to the seed each month, ensuring that it sprouts year after year. Your monthly gift ensures a healthy and thriving MayDay Celebration for years to come.
Why give monthly?
PAPERLESS! You can choose to no longer receive our paper appeal mailings! You will receive one statement in January with a summary of your giving history for tax purposes (and your annual magnet).
Smaller monthly contributions! Do you normally give $100 a year? Break that down to a manageable $9 a month donation and you have hit your $100 mark (actually its $108, for you math geniuses out there). This is a great way to make your donations more financially manageable, while also ensuring reliable support for HOBT throughout the year.
Rooted In Resource
Rooted in Resource is an online community map highlighting local businesses, community organizations, and artists in the Powderhorn and Philips neighborhoods.
This is a chance for our neighbors to tell our stories in our own voices, and provide ways to come together and support each other in this challenging moment.
We have been reflecting on the great need to be connecting and supporting one another during this challenging time.
And so, Rooted In Resource Community Map was born, as part of a strategy to help HOBT and our neighbors become more deeply connected and rooted in resilience, mutual reliance, and interconnection.
This is just the beginning! We’ll continue to add stories throughout the weeks and months to come.
Donate to support the archive project
In celebration of In the Heart of the Beast’s 45 years, and the artistic leadership of Sandy Spieler, we are excited to launch the HOBT Archive Project.
The Archive Project is a fundraiser to properly document and display puppets, scripts, videos, and photos of work that's been done by hundreds of artists and thousands of community members at HOBT over the past 45 years.
Funds raised through this initiative will help pay a team, including longtime HOBT Artistic Director Sandy Spieler, to do the work of cataloging and organizing the work of the theatre. This work will include 45 years of MayDay, MainStage and Touring Performances, Ritual and Celebratory Events, Educational work (including residencies, exhibits, and installations), and of course, puppets! Make a gift today!
HOBT is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your gift is 100% tax deductible.
Celebrating 45 years of MayDay
We give deep gratitude to all of you who have shaped, supported, and embodied the work of MayDay for so many years.
MayDay challenges us to envision the world as it could be and challenges us to step authentically into that vision. With ART as a tool, we are able to generate much joy, hold immense pain, weave community. We recognize that our very lives depend on finding each other, upholding each other.
In defiance of all that seeks to divide us, this act of building community is indeed sacred and transformative, complex, radical, and powerful.
Your support lays the foundation for the future of Mayday. Please contribute generously!
THANK YOU to our funders and friends!
Many thanks to the hundreds of individuals who have joined Heartbeats, made monthly sustaining gifts, made Give to the Max donations, and contributed time and resources to support HOBT programming this year. The Board, Staff, Artists and Volunteers sincerely THANK YOU for your continuing generosity.
- National Endowment for the Arts
- Minnesota State Arts Board – Operating Support
- McKnight Foundation
- Hugh J. Andersen Foundation
- HRK Foundation
- Fidelity Charitable Funds
- Community Shares of Minnesota
- Troutman-Blumenshine Family Fund
- Cy and Paula DeCosse Fund
- Phoebe and Maureen Trepp – Minnesota Community Foundation
- Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association Inc.
- Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
- One Minneapolis Fund
All photos by Max Haynes