Bring the Hive Alive! is an initiative to raise funds for

painting an outdoor bee mural in downtown Hendersonville, NC.​​​​​​​




Bee City USA - Hendersonville works to create healthy habitats and raise awareness of the importance of all pollinators through educational events. We are thrilled to be partnering with Hands On! Children’s Museum, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community members like you to bring The Good of the Hive to paint a BEEautiful bee mural in downtown Hendersonville.   



The Good of the Hive artist Matthew Willey is on a mission to hand-paint 50,000 honey bees – the number necessary for a healthy, thriving hive – in murals around the world.  Because Hendersonville's mural will be painted outdoors in a public space, Matt will purposefully be just as busy working as a pollinator educator as a painter!  You can BEE inspired by his work and his message at 



Hands On! Children’s Museum is pleased to extend our mission of inspiring creativity and wonder through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) to the entire community by providing their high visibility outside wall as the canvas for the bee mural. The mural will be located on the side and back corner of the Hands On! building, between N. Main Street and King Street, facing Third Street. This heavily visited area is located in the heart of downtown Hendersonville and included in the Azalea Public Parking Lot. The Museum also plans to create a pollinator garden bordering the mural for all to enjoy. 



Fundraising efforts kicked off in June 2019 in conjunction with Pollinator Month.  By the end of the month, over $4,000 had been donated! After National Honey Bee Day in August and Monarch Month events in September, over $9,000 had been donated.  We are now currently seeking donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations to reach the total mural fundraising goal of $25,000. Once these at least 50% of funds are raised, the mural will can be scheduled to be painted.  To keep up with our progress, follow the Bring the Hive Alive! initiative on Facebook.



Art has the enduring power to create beauty, stir curiosity, and ignite action.  In addition to the many aesthetic, cultural, social, and economic benefits public art provides, we believe this mural will draw attention to the importance of bees and other pollinators and inspire actions to help sustain healthy ecosystems. 



Help support this community-wide effort by making a tax-deductible donation to bring the bee mural to life in downtown Hendersonville! Donations may be made online or checks (payable to HANDS ON!) may be mailed to 318 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Donations will go directly to Hands On! Children’s Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and will be designated for the Bring the Hive Alive Initative. Interested in making in-kind donations or giving your time to support this initiative? Please email or call 828-697-8333 ext.223


Click here to view our sponsors!


Special Thanks to: 

Henderson County Beekeepers Association

& Gardens That Matter for their in-kind donations!