“We thank each and every one of our patrons, those who visited House Of Eternal Return and those who have recently started purchasing keepsakes from our new online gift shop,” Vince Kadlubek, Chief Executive Officer said. “Our ethic is simple: the more people who visit us, the more we will channel that support into philanthropy in Santa Fe and in New Mexico and beyond. 2017 was amazing, but we expect 2018 to be far more exciting and so we anticipate another incredible year in charitable efforts and cultural sponsorship.”
In early spring, Meow Wolf announced an annual Local Arts Fund of $125,000 to Santa Fe public schools and grassroots nonprofits for arts supplies, athletic equipment and other fundamental needs. In just a few months the group sponsored cheer teams at Tesuque Elementary, the Saint Michael’s football team, art boxes organized by The Academy For The Love of Learning, Santa Fe Little League, Youth Shelters and Family Services, Somos un Pueblo Unido and many more.
Shortly after establishing the local arts fund, the group announced a national DIY Fund to assist small-scale community art spaces with necessities such as rent and infrastructure improvements. Meow Wolf started the fund as a response to the tragic 2016 Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, California. This fund granted $215,000 to 106 community art spaces across the country.
While Meow Wolf sponsored the CRUSH Festival and Maker Faire in neighboring Denver, Colorado, the group focused most attention on their beloved home state of New Mexico. Meow Wolf sponsored major events including Santa Fe Bandstand, The Burning Of Zozobra, AHA Festival of The Arts, CURRENTS, Indigenous Comic Con and New Year’s Eve on The Plaza. Meow Wolf also donated many thousands of dollars in free passes to various organizations, fundraisers, and auctions and teams of Meow Wolf people volunteered in a wide variety of activities in New Mexico schools, Santa Fe neighborhoods and various charitable missions.
To cap off the year, Meow Wolf has just announced a sponsorship of Tino “B-Boy Lil-T” Gonzales, a local Santa Fean who is the #1 ranked youth breakdancer in the United States and one of three in the country invited to the World Finals in Tokyo in May 2018 to qualify for the first-ever breakdancing competition at the Youth Olympic Games next summer in Buenos Aires.
Like B-Boy Lil-T, Meow Wolf expects 2018 to be the biggest year yet, by far, and however greater the success, so greater will be the commitment to philanthropic support through financial assistance, expert advice, and man hours on the front lines of making the world a safer, happier, more creative and unified home.