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    Springtime on the Meadow   

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You are invited to Heartwood in the Hills, Calhoun County, West Virginia for
Springtime on the Meadow
a program of FREE weekend classes and workshops with Jude Binder
and West Virginia poet Patsy Kisner.
March 12th - June 1st 2023

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Springtime on the Meadow 2023 is made possible in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition Springtime on the Meadow 2023 is supported in part by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History Fairs and Festivals Grant.

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The Great Blueness

Heartwood's 40th anniversary program Autumn on the Meadow 2022 concluded with The Great Blueness, a celebration of color and creativity.  Fourteen children and seven adults enjoyed Heartwood's favorite theatre game based on "The Great Blueness and Other Predicaments" , a children's storybook by Arnold Lobel. 

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"The Fall of General Custard"
a Heartwood Virtual Project
Spring 2022

Ilene Evans and Jude  in rehearsal. 

Storyteller Ilene Evans returned to Heartwood in April 2022 to record “The Fall of General Custard or The Overthrow of a Leftover,” a children's storybook written by Matt Damon and illustrated by frequent Heartwood guest artist Gideon Kendall.

Click the link below to watch "The Fall of General Custard"

In the Fall and Winter of 1989 ten children trained and rehearsed at Heartwood for a performance of Broken Bough; the Child Labor Piece.  Classes, rehearsals, and the final performance on March 3rd, 1990 were documented by WNPB, Morgantown, West Virginia for an educational tv series, directed by John Nakashima entitled Act Up; the Story of a Performance. 




Our students are encouraged to develop an interest in the world and its people, and to understand that the past informs the present, and the present informs the future.  We encourage our students to regard the successes of others as examples of what is possible for them.  With this positive attitude, students are able to adopt practices of self discipline and perseverance, and to believe their ideas are valuable and can be brought to life.  In its outreach activities and performances, Heartwood carries the message of joy in creation, and the unity of all people to the public, and invites the public to participate and join the celebration of the artist in every person.

Heartwood is above all a school.  We are situated in such a pristine rural setting that we are able to incorporate nature into our overall curriculum.   Nature is our "textbook".  We work with students to nurture the part of them that responds deeply to nature, which we refer to as the "artist" within them.  We use nature and the arts as springboards to create a setting wherein students may break through creative barriers and step forward in their personhood.



Mailing Address

229 Heartwood Lane
Big Bend, WV 26136

Physical Location:

Heartwood is one mile off Route 16 at Five Forks on Lovada/Broomstick Road in Calhoun County

(304) 354-7874

Please leave a message and we'll return your call.

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