At In the Heart of The Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre we are committed to honoring the legacy and values that have guided us for the last 45 years: creativity, equity, and empathy. We hope you see yourself reflected in – and will contribute your stories to – the MayDay 2020 campaign. #WeAreMayDay
In the midst of our planned Chrysalis MayDay season, we are working with artist collective FREE BLACK DIRT and the MayDay Council, a dynamic group of local artists and organizers. With the support of staff, we are advancing an intentional vision: lighting up our horizon with an equitable and accessible MayDay Celebration in 2021 and beyond.
This Spring we unveil our Rooted in Resource Community Map in which neighboring artists and organizations tell their own stories and call on others for support.
Your gift today supports HOBT’s response in this moment of collective challenge as we work to stay rooted in our shared resources and find potential for human connection with creativity and resilience.
Like a caterpillar in a cocoon, HOBT has entered an exciting season of transformation as we take a year off from producing MayDay in 2020. We are connecting with artists, friends, and neighbors to carry what is most beloved about MaDay into the future, in 2021 and beyond.
We are investing all our energy in creating a more equitable and accessible MayDay Celebration because we know the joy and creativity of MayDay is essential to our community. We have deep trust and hope for what we will create together!
This metamorphosis is not a period of rest. It is a continuation of the community and spirit of abundance that has shaped HOBT’s MayDay these 45 years. Your support is more important than ever as we practice liberation and align our organization with our deepest values: creativity, equity, empathy, and interconnection.
Click below to give OR mail a check to HOBT, 1500 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55407
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is made possible by YOUR donations!
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.
Become a Heartbeats Donor!
What is Heartbeats?
Heartbeats is a monthly sustaining donation that provides a reliable financial base that allows us to continue our work with the community.
What are the advantages of Heartbeats?
PAPERLESS! If you become a Heartbeats donor, 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!
Free tickets to Heart of the Beast Shows! Every Heartbeats donor will be entered into a monthly drawing for two free tickets to any Heart of the Beast show. These tickets will not expire, so you can use them anytime, for any show!
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
- Minnesota State Arts Board – Arts Access Program
- Jerome Foundation
- McKnight Foundation
- Hugh J. Andersen Foundation
- HRK Foundation
- Wells Fargo Community Foundation
- Still Ain’t Satisfied
- 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