Bring the Hive Alive!
Help bring a landmark hand-painted work of art to Downtown Hendersonville!
Our local Bee City USA affiliate (a program of The City of Hendersonville Tree Board and Environmental Sustainability Board) is partnering with Hands On! Children’s Museum, The Good of the Hive, nonprofit organizations, local businesses, and community members to create a larger-than-life bee mural in the heart of downtown Hendersonville! The bees will be painted on the exterior wall of the children’s museum located within the Azalea Public Parking Lot (facing Third Avenue between N. Main Street and King Street).
The goals of this initiative are to raise awareness of the importance of honey bees, native bees, and other pollinators; bring beauty and character to downtown Hendersonville, and inspire actions to help sustain healthy ecosystems. Fundraising efforts kicked off in June 2019 in conjunction with Pollinator Month. Through the support of many donors and sponsors, over $19,000 was contributed by the end of the year. The mural is now planned to be painted from October - November 2020!
Our total fundraising goal is $35,000 which includes $25,000 for the mural itself (artist's time, expenses, materials, community educational programs, etc.) and $10,000 for other supportive costs including repairing and preparing the wall prior to painting. A demonstration pollinator garden bordering the mural will also be planted for all to enjoy.
We are seeking your help to raise the remainder of funds needed to bring the mural to life in our town. Thanks to generous sponsors, you’ll also receive some sweet donor rewards* (to be sent by mail) when you make a $25, $50, or $100 contribution! You may also choose to support the mural by purchasing pollinator-friendly plants (available for curbside pick-up) from the Bee City USA Plant Sale Fundraiser.
*Bring the Hive Alive! donor rewards (for contributions of $25, $50, or $100) include the following items. Note: certificates for jars of local honey may be redeemed at the Hands On! Children’s Museum, 318 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC AFTER JUNE 15, 2020.