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

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


Click the button above to make an online donation!

Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportuinties. 

Click here to download the sponsorship form. 

Crowdfunding ($25 - $100) donor rewards include:

The Good of the Hive sticker 

Honey Bee Window Cling

BeeKind sticker 

(donated by Bee Campus USA – Blue Ridge Community College)

Certificate for a 2 oz. or 1 lb. jar of local honey

 (donated by the Henderson County Beekeepers Association)

Coupon for free enrollment in the How to Grow

a Pollinator Café online course 

(donated by Gardens That Matter)

 $20 (off a $40+ purchase) Coupon

(donated by B.B. Barns The Garden Company)



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. Through the support of many donors and sponsors, our goal to raise 50% of the mural costs by year’s end was not only met, but exceeded.  By the end of 2019, over $19,000 had been donated!  As a result, the contract with The Good of the Hive to paint the mural in 2020 (timeframe TBA) has been signed.  We are still seeking donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations to reach the final fundraising goal.  We anticipate the bees may be painted as early as June of 2020 or by October of 2020, depending on future fundraising success and/or availability of the artist. To keep up with our progress, please 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. 



Download the “Bring the Hive Alive!” Sponsorship Guide or Sponsor Form  and BEEcome a sponsor, today!

Join the crowdfunding campaign by making an online donation

(Donor rewards will be sent by mail.)

Send a check or make a donation in person (and pick up some sweet donor rewards) at Hands On! Children's Museum, 318 North Main Street, Hendersonville.

Participate in upcoming fundraising events:
May 23 & 24 – Garden Jubilee in downtown Hendersonville will include a new garden education area. Please visit the Bee City USA booth located on Main St. in front of the Visitor Center Stage to shop for pollinator-friendly plants, local honey, eco-friendly gear, T-shirts and other items to Bee Green, Bee Healthy, Bee Delicious, and Bee Sustainable!

Proceeds benefit “Bring the Hive Alive!”

TBA in June - Harvey’s at The Henderson will host a special pollinator-themed dinner to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and raise funds the bee mural. 

Interested in hosting a fundraising event, 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!



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!