They Worked On A Poster For 9 Years, So The Internet Gave Them $118,000. No Big Deal.

Megan Kelley

A few months ago, we posted about a fundraiser for the Beehive Design Collective. What's the Beehive Design Collective, you ask? It's a group of amazing artists that creates story graphics on themes of globalization and resistance. Their work is fantastically detailed and chock-full of both history and passion.

The Bees' most recent poster (the subject of their fundraising campaign) is called Mesoamérica Resiste. It tells stories of resistance, resilience, and solidarity from Mexico to Colombia. It shows the modern invasion of megaprojects planned for the region as well as grassroots efforts to defend land and traditions, protect cultural and ecological diversity, and build alternative economies.

So whatever happened with that campaign? Well, in large part thanks to Upworthians like you donating and sharing the post, the Bees more than tripled their fundraising and outreach goals, ending up just a few dollars short of a whopping $118,000 from 3,000 backers around the world.

But the story's not over! You can learn about the next chapter of the Bees' adventure once the poster went to print and watch the video below.

Here you can check out the Kickstarter crowdfunding video:


And here's the snapshot of their campaign's progress on Kickstarter. The blue line shows how much money was donated to the project throughout the month of fundraising. Check out that spike on Dec. 3!


What are they up to now? Well, they're touring with their new poster, of course! Here are some great images from recent touring:

Above: On the way to Chiapas, Mexico

Above: Chiapas, Mexico

Above: Colombia

Above: Guatemala

Above: Guatemala


And lastly, a lovely message from the Bees:

"Us Bees are endlessly grateful to Upworthy for helping re-package our elaborate, long-form BIG news into a potent story-seed that rapidly spread to audiences internationally ... simultaneously sharing our creative inspiration and igniting mass grassroots support and distribution. Way to put your superpower of viral magic to fantastic use! <3"

Nice job, Bees and Upworthians! Thanks for letting Upworthy be a part of your grand adventure.

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