Our friends and fellow NIVA members at House of Yes provide a safe space in Brooklyn for the LGBTQ+ communities to throw parties, host yoga, perform burlesque, and remix films like when HOY premiered our documentary Meow Wolf: Origin Story with a flying George R. R. Martin and rap battle between Art and Money. At Elsewhere (also in Brooklyn), folx find rotating immersive art experiences in each cranny of the building, plus The Rooftop, a pretty rad bar and venue. Denver staple Oriental Theater, where RUMTUM recreated an incredible mural inspired by the faded original from the theater’s 1927 opening, are also NIVA members. This Colorado stage, along with Red Rocks, Mission Ballroom and so many others need our support. At home in New Mexico, we are proud to have worked with (or partied in) so many venues: Launchpad and Sunshine Theater, who both play a huge role in the promotion of local bands, Taos Mesa Brewing Company, who are dealing with the aftermath of a fire, The Lensic, a space for all ages, and the Santa Fe Opera, home of 16 world opera premieres, to name a few. Every city has their beloved independent venues, and everyone in that city has their favorite. Have a favorite independent venue? Head to lyte.com/covid19relief to donate directly to that venue. (Note: Meow Wolf does not accept donations. We only want to signal-boost other independent venues in need. Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return supports live music’s eternal postCOVID-19 return!) “It goes beyond dance floor epiphanies,” says Cruse, “venues give support to artists to continue their craft and a home for the listener. #SaveOurStages for the sake of that connective tissue, in this time of great separation, when a sense of community is needed most." Join Sofie and all of us at Meow Wolf in supporting the #SaveOurStages campaign! 25 POPPY | PHOTO BY KATE RUSSELL ORVILLE PECK | PHOTO BY KATE RUSSELL

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