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Heartwood in the Hills
A New 

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.




























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. 




Please stay tuned because wonderful things are in the works. 
Here are links to last years virtual projects.


Please call with any questions (304) 354-7874
E-mail: heartwoodinthehillswv@gmail.com

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Heartwood in the Hills is supported 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.  



Mailing Address

229 Heartwood Lane
Big Bend, WV 26136

(304) 354-7874