NEWS & VIEWS OF PHILLIPS SINCE 1976
Saturday May 28th 2022

Keep citizen journalism alive!

Donatebutton_narrow

Sections

Posts Tagged ‘heart of the beast’

Interview With Local Artist Orren Fen

Interview With Local Artist Orren Fen

by Mary Ellen Kaluza Last month the alley debuted a new feature highlighting young artists in Phillips. Within moments of having the idea of a regular featured artist, I knew I had to talk with Orren Fen. I first met Orren a few years ago, in pre-COVID times. I was visiting their home and they showed me a project they were working on: a puppet stage made out of cardboard, maybe 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. I was blown away by the clever design, the creativity, the engineering — both structural and mechanical. Orren explained all the parts, moving and stationary, in great detail. Like I said, I was blown away! Lucky for us, Orren graciously agreed to be interviewed for the alley. How old are you? What grade are you in? Fourteen, and I'm a freshman in high school. Describe your main art form. I focus mostly on puppetry and performance art. What inspired you to take up your art? I grew up two blocks from In the Heart of the Beast Theatre, and participated in the May Day parades since I was two years old. It's always been part of my life. I've also participated in BareBones Halloween Extravaganza since a young age. Where do you get your ideas? I have a lot of random creative ideas that pop up. Sometimes I delve into them, and sometimes I keep them tucked in the corners of my mind. Do you have a mentor or teacher? I grew up with Mark Safford, a puppeteer who has been a mentor to me through BareBones. And Harry Waters, Jr., a person I met through the May Day ceremony, and more recently I have worked with Harry on multiple theater projects. Are there other art forms you want to try? I really enjoy puppetry because it is a very fluid and adaptive art form that involves so many other art forms – painting, sculpting, acting, sewing. What other interests do you have? I'm very interested in costume and set design. I'm also very interested in the behind-the-scenes aspects of theater, but puppetry is a very good way to be involved [...]

MayDay Festival!

<strong>MayDay Festival!</strong>

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre A teen from Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue sculpts the face of the Mojiganga Medicine woman youth in El Colegio High School’s art room. La Mojiganga will make an appearance at the May 1 festivalPhoto Credit: Spencer Joles Heart of the Beast is excited to invite the community to a redesigned MayDay Celebration. The event will look different from the parade of MayDays past. In the spirit of shared leadership, local organizations MIGIZI, Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue, and Roosevelt High School have been selected by HOBT’s MayDay Council as community partners to lead this year’s MayDay celebrations. Instead of a parade, there will be an art-filled political and cultural festival. This celebration will take place on May 1 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Four Directions Family parking lot. All are welcome to attend this free event. HOBT’s MayDay Council is a community-nominated group of majority IBPOC artists and leaders. They have spent the past two years designing a new, equitable path for MayDay. The intention is to carry this much loved tradition forward, centering principles of justice and collaboration, prioritizing the experiences of people of color. MayDay Season 2022 is expanding the circle of people leading and reflected in this community celebration. ¡MayDay March! ¡Marcha 1ro de mayo! El 1ro de mayo es el Dia Internacional del Trabajo, un dia en cual la clase trabajadora sale a las calles a protestar. Unete a un listado creciente de organizaciones inmigrantes y laborales para marchar el 1ro de mayo en la calle Lake en Minneapolis. La marcha empezará en MPS Adult Education Center, 2015 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 y terminará en el festival de la calle de Lake Street. Marcha iniciada por Trabajadores Minnesoteños Unidos (MWU) y El comité por los derechos de los inmigrantes (MIRAC).  May 1st is International Workers Day, a day for protest and a day for the working class [...]

MayDay is Back!

MayDay is Back!

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s MayDay Season 2022 will look different than MayDays past! There will not be a parade. There will be amazing public celebrations. Save the Date for May 1 Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue and the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Coalition (MIRAC) are organizing a political and cultural festival for Sunday, May 1. The festival will be a block party off Lake Street with a stage for dancers and speakers, food, family-friendly art activities, and more. The intention is to collaborate with a multitude of communities living and working on Lake Street. The block party is a space for protest, celebration, and healing. Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue and MIGIZI have been engaging youth and families in their networks in art making workshops with local teaching artists to prepare. Their art will be present for all to appreciate at the May 1 block party as well! To learn more about MayDay Season 2022, visit our website: https://hobt.org/mayday-season-2022/ -In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre Attention Middle and High School Youth: MIGIZI is working with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre from now until May Day to bring to middle and high school students a free opportunity to work on big art projects that will be featured in this year's May Day festivities! MIGIZI is located at 2610 E 32nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 and is providing free snacks and meals to those who come. Workshops are Thursdays, 4pm-6pm. No prior art skills are required as you will be able to learn all that it takes to create something magnificent!

In The Heart of the Beast Theatre Update

In The Heart of the Beast Theatre Update

BOARD UPDATE AUGUST 12 2021In 2021, HOBT has been working to restart our organization and adapt to the impacts of COVID-19. We considered every path forward that would put us in the best possible position to live out our mission and carry the important work of the MayDay Council into the future.In conversation and with the input of HOBT staff and the MayDay Council, the HOBT Board of Directors has voted to sell the Avalon Theatre, our home since 1988.It”™s time to find a new, smaller home that will allow us to live into our vision of a decentralized MayDay. That includes moving into a new space that is more sustainable and accessible.HOBT is also in the process of moving out of our puppet storage warehouse, which was rented to store the thousands of puppets in HOBT”™s collection.The puppets will return to the artists that created them, museums who can house them (both locally and nationally), and HOBT will be maintaining a smaller collection to carry our work into the future.We have come to these decisions out of a fierce commitment to the power of puppet and mask performance to create new ways forward together with our beloved community.We give abundant gratitude for all the brilliant work done over the past 48 years: the many artists, staff, board members, and volunteers who have given their whole hearts to the work of HOBT. Thank you!As we sell the building and move out of puppet storage, we are turning the page on this chapter of our organization.With hope, we are embarking on a new journey: finding a new space, creating new decentralized MayDay experiences, and choosing a new name for our puppet and mask theater.For more information and to read our full announcement, go here: https://hobt.org/the-avalon/ The Avalon Theatre at 1500 E Lake Street has been home to In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre since 1988.

Heart of the Beast Updates, Talleres de Defensores Artisticos

Heart of the Beast Updates, Talleres de Defensores Artisticos

RE-START The Re-start is committed to co-creation with new Executive Co-Directors (currently hiring!), as well as our incredible board, staff and MayDay Council. WE've re-enlisted the support of the MayDay Council for year two and our next move will be to welcome additional community members to conspire on holding the theatre as a community asset. Visit www.hobt.org for the full Community Report, hiring calls, and other announcements. Check out instagram to share HOBT news and the lates fundraising campaign! Artful Advocates Workshop Series: In the Heart of the Beast is excited to announce Artful Advocates Workshops: a 3 month series of free online workshops for elementary-aged children! HOBT teaching artists will guide your children through an art-making workshop on Saturday mornings. Each one-hour workshop will include the following activities: a hands-on art-making activity that can be completed at homea follow-up outdoor activitya call to action to translate your art into environmental action! Participants who register in advance will receive FREE art kits with materials for each workshop. Art kits will be delivered the first week of each month. For more information visit: https://hobt.org/artful-advocates-workshop-series/ En el Corazón de la Bestia Teatro de Máscaras y Marionetas (In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre) está ofreciendo un programa EN LÍNEA con duración de 3 meses llamado Talleres de Defensores Artisticos (Artful Advocates Workshop Series) para niños de educación primaria. Los talleres con duración de una hora incluye actividades como: ”¢ Actividades de manualidad para la creación de arte que pueden ser completadas en casa ”¢ Actividades de seguimiento al aire libre ”¢ ¡Un llamado a la acción para traducir tu arte en acción ambiental!  Los participantes que se registren con anticipación recibirán kits de arte GRATUITOS con materiales [...]

What”'s possible for HOTB, MayDay?

What”'s possible for HOTB, MayDay?

by TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN Bruce SilcoxHOTB has been a offering after-school and summer programs for kids at Little Earth, the Waite House, and Collaborative Village (a PPL project) for several years. About 150 kids are part of this year-round program that focuses on telling the stories of the Phillips neighborhoods and participants”' cultures. Along the way, children learn shadow puppeting, stilts, storytelling and more. In the Heart of the Beast Theater (HOTB) has already said farewell to two staff members, and by June 2019 it won”'t have any full-time staff left. But it isn”'t disappearing.  Executive Director Corrie Zoll is hopeful about the organization”'s future and believes it is full of exciting possibilities. “This is an extremely painful moment,” Zoll admitted. “At the same time, I”'m really looking forward to conversations with people about what is possible.” WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM? HOTB announced in January its plans to significantly reduce its operations in 2019 and cut staff. Grants it had been counting on when the budget was made in August did not materialize.  HOTB relies on a variety of funding sources, including foundations, donations, and grants. Complicating things is that most of the funding available for arts is given to new projects. Programs that are ongoing are not typically given the grants that are available, Zoll noted. While Minnesota is lucky to have so much money available for the arts courtesy of the Legacy Amendment, it is not given to fund ongoing projects either. HOTB does receive some operating support through the Legacy Amendment, so it is ineligible for the festival support program for MayDay. Last year, HOTB had expected to receive a $30,000 foundation grant that it did not get, which meant that MayDay operated at a loss of over $50,000. This was covered by reserve funds but HOTB can”'t continue to do that. For about the last 10 [...]

This is the 40th Mayday!

This is the 40th Mayday!

Dear Neighbors! On Sunday May 4, 2014, we will celebrate the 40th Mayday Festival””born from the Phillips Neighborhood! THANK YOU!  You make Mayday happen! Last year at this time I wrote you an in-depth letter about our yearly and critical need for volunteers and monetary support. This year I write with gratitude for the massive response from you all, as well as a heart filled with so many memories from the past 39 years. Thank you! Here is an invitation for the upcoming Community Planning Meetings, a call for your much needed donations to assure Mayday”'s continuance, and an invitation for you to submit your special stories/ photos /video clips from the past 39 years. HELP KEEP MAYDAY  SOLVENT Every year we raise funds to have Mayday pay its way. In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is the creator and producer of Mayday. Contrary to popular assumption, the City of Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis Park Board DO NOT finance this event. In fact we pay fees to both to enact Mayday. It is truly the generosity of many neighbors that makes Mayday happen. Mayday will cost the theatre nearly $140,000 this year. If each person or family or group who enjoys Mayday contributes, we reach that goal easily. This means 20,000 people contributing about $7.00 each! (or 2,000 people contributing $140 each or 1,000 people contributing $280. You get the idea!) WE CAN DO IT!!!. Please send or bring your contributions to “Mayday/In the Heart of the Beast Theatre” at 1500 E. Lake Street, 55407. I am including our budget so you can share in how this huge public event happens financially with thrift, with responsibility to City and Park fees, and with the donated labor and joy of many many many people. (more…)

“Blooming Town” at MayDay Festival ”“ Powderhorn Park – May 6

By “Blooming Town”Â  Town Council As this year”'s MayDay Parade flows into Powderhorn Park culminating its trek since 1 PM along Bloomington Avenue from 26th Street to 34th Street; “Blooming Town” will miraculously emerge on the ball fields at the end of the Parade in Powderhorn Park. “Blooming Town” created by Southside residents and supported by In the Heart of the Beast Theater,  is a hands-on space for learning, action, and community collaboration around moving our community beyond dependency on dirty energy. Join us for: Activities on growing food, energy solutions, and sustainable transit Get support taking action yourself Dialogue with neighbors on ways to create solutions locally Join teams who are taking action in the neighborhood Blooming Town is part of the broader MayDay theme of the transition beyond fossil fuels. Today”'s economy relies on abundant fossil fuels ”“ oil, coal and natural gas ”“ to produce our food, clothes, homes, medicine, transportation and more. We are using more fossil energy and finding less. What remains is lower quality, harder to get, more expensive, dirtier, and more dangerous. Dirty energy hurts the health of our community, drains our financial resources, and threatens the local and global environment. Transitioning away from fossil fuels means learning to live well while using less energy, developing renewable energy sources like solar and wind, and making our communities more self-sufficient and adaptable. This transition is being led by local communities across the world. In summer 2011, local transition town groups and individuals, with In the Heart of the Beast Theatre, proposed that MayDay 2012 be a grand unleashing of local transition. Transition town was named as the Festival theme and community volunteers created teams to share ways to join the transition movement with MayDay friends. These teams are working on energy, food and [...]

The Quickest Guides to 38th MayDay Parade

The Quickest Guides to 38th MayDay Parade

Creating MAYDAY Welcome to April at the AVALON

On May 6th the 38th Annual MayDay Parade”'s Puppets, Bands, Floats, Stiltwalkers, & More will appear 5 Blocks north of Lake Street travel along Bloomington Avenue across Lake Street and 5 Blocks south of Lake Street turning toward and around Powderhorn Lake to the cheering admiration of thousands of people. That spectacle will be the “frosting on the cake.”Â  The MIRACLE of MayDay in Minneapolis Right on Lake Street at 1500 East Lake Is the gathering of hundreds of people of  all ages and levels of expertise during April to design and shape this remarkable Celebration of Spring and new life. In the Heart of the Beast Theatre”'s Avalon in April transforms into a giant studio where staff artists and volunteers create the MayDay Parade and Festival. Help build the puppets for the Mayday Parade! Workshops are free and open to the public. Workshop Times: April 7- May 3, 2012 Saturdays, 9-11am and 1-3 pm Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7-9 pm How it Works An artist will introduce you to the parade theme by showing you the giant storyboard (a visual script). You select a section of the parade to work on, find the artist in charge of that section, and set to work! Artists will guide you. You can either make your own creation which you can keep after the parade, or help with the larger parade floats. Typically, you”'ll need 3 or 4 sessions to complete a project, but you can come to as many or as few as your schedule allows. Other Details  Workshops are Free. Donations graciously accepted, always welcome, and much needed. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Wear “painting” clothes. Bring recycled items (if you can): small plastic tubs with lids, brown paper bags, newspapers, fabric, sheets, latex paint, bamboo, scissors. No reservations required. Just Come!

 Page 1 of 2  1  2 »
Copyright © 2022 Alley Communications - Contact the alley