Twin Cities arts groups are going gung-ho for Give to the Max Day today. About $14 million were raised last year on this day through www.GiveMN.org, a record-setting day of giving. Many of the 3,400-plus nonprofits involved in the event line up matching funds for the day, thus doubling the amount of money raised.
One of the organizations with a matching fund is Intermedia Arts, which is also throwing a party tonight to trumpet its efforts and everybody else's. The event is taking place down the street from the center at Cause Spirts & Soundbar (formerly Sauce) with live hip-hop from local powerhouses I Self Devine, Desdamona, Maria Isa and DJ King Otto. Showtime is 7:30-11 p.m., and it's free for anybody who gives to any organization today (or $5 donation otherwise).
Some of the other great arts groups lining up for worthy support on Give to the Max Day include musical instrument givers Vega Productions, Springboard for the Arts, Free Arts Minnesota, Bedlam Theatre, Guthrie Theater Foundation, Theater Mu, Minnesota Opera Co., Minnesota Youth Symphony, the Hennepin Theatre Trust, Walker Art Center, Heart of the Beast, Ethnic Dance Theatre, Ordway Center for the Arts, Vocal Essence, St. Paul Conservatory of Music, Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus and many, many more. Of course, there are also thousands of other non-arts organizations also raising money today. You can look up any of these nonprofits at the GiveMN site.