MayDay in Metamorphosis: MayDay Council



HOBT and Free Black Dirt's MayDay Council (MDC), is comprised of 16 artists and community leaders representing a wealth of passion, skill, and energy for the work of creating a more equitable and accessible MayDay.

The function of The MayDay Council is to collectively design a more sustainable and equitable path forward for MayDay.

The Council is guided by feedback collected after a widespread survey was conducted with artists and community members who contributed to previous MayDay seasons.

The MayDay Council is partnering with HOBT in designing a new approach to the planning and production of MayDay events based on principles of equity, justice, and collaboration.

The MayDay Council also serves as an advisory team to the HOBT Leadership Team. We commit to strive for consensus between the MayDay Council, HOBT Leadership Team, and Board of Directors. 

MDC's Selection Process

HOBT received more than 40 community nominations, representing a wealth of passion, skill, and energy for the work of creating a more equitable and accessible MayDay. Through a robust community nomination and selection process, 16 artists and community leaders were invited to serve on the first MayDay Council.

Free Black Dirt: Facilitators of MDC

HOBT is honored to be working with Free Black Dirt to design and facilitate the MayDay Council.

Free Black Dirt is an artistic partnership formed by Minneapolis based collaborators Junauda Petrus and Erin Sharkey. Committed to creating original theatre and performance, hosting innovative events, organizing local artists, and promoting and supporting the emerging artists’ community in the Twin Cities, Free Black Dirt seeks to spark and engage in critical conversations.

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More about MDC

MDC'S primary responsibilities

  1. The MayDay Council’s primary mandate is to design a collaboration-oriented strategic plan and business model for MayDay;
  2. The MayDay Council’s secondary mandate will is to recommend specific, culturally affirming changes to HOBT’s governance and programming models.

MDC Commitment 

  • Attend a day-long retreat facilitated by Imagine Deliver to determine decision-making structure and co-create a list of action steps and a visual equity framework 
  • Meetings at most twice a month 

Compensation for MDC members:

  • A stipend that is well above minimum wage
  • Travel costs included in the stipend
  • Childcare provided on-site as needed
  • Accessibility requirements met as needed
  • Culturally affirming food and beverages will be provided for each meeting.