Making art during the Art For Kids class in Spring 2011 are
from left: Nick Erlewine, Dani Cunningham, Sally Morris and Jesse
King Heartwood is offering the Art for Kids class again this Spring

Heartwood in the Hills' Spring 2012 program of classes will begin March 5 and continue through June 1 with the addition of three new classes for children, teens, adults and seniors and the creation of a Performing Arts Theatre Company.

New classes offered this Program will include Introduction to Performance Dance, The Theatre Class and Artwork for Kids. The Performing Arts Theatre Company will conclude the program with the presentation of "Salutations!", Heartwood's Spring show for the community, home-schooled and elementary school children of the county. Youth, ages 10 and up, adults and seniors are invited to join Heartwood for this adventure in creating Theatre Magic. Students in the Performing Arts Theatre Company will study acting, voice, movement, pantomime, masks, stagecraft and music in preparation for the public performance.

There will be two levels of classes for the newly created Performing Arts Theatre Company. Beginning Theatre Company members (level 1) which includes ages 10 and up will study at Heartwood two times a week plus two weekend rehearsals each month. Classes required are: Introduction to Performance Dance and The Theatre Class.

Heartwood Artistic Director Jude Binder will teach a Maskmaking class on Fridays as part of the Spring 2012 program. Josh Adams and Austin Adams are shown here working on masks they made during the Fall 2011 program

Advanced Dance and Theatre Company Members (level 2-including Heartwood's Advanced Dance Company members) will study at Heartwood three times a week plus two week-end rehearsals each month. Classes required are Dance Technique, Ballet and The Theatre Class.

The Performing Arts Theatre Company will be directed by Heartwood Artistic Director Jude Binder who will also choreograph "Salutations!". Over the years, she has created many theatre productions for and with children and youth including: "Earth, Air, Fire, Water" 1985 - (environmental justice, peace); "Red, Yellow, Blue" 1986 - 1987 (anti-racism); "Goldie and the Magic Scissors" 1988 - (out-of-state dumping); "Goldie's Dream" 1989 - (environmental justice, peace); "Broken Bough" 1990 - (child labor); "Song of the Sidewalks" 1992-93 - (children and homelessness). These plays were produced by Heartwood and performed at venues on college and university campuses, community centers, public schools and theatres across West Virginia. The production of "Broken Bough" was documented by WV Public Television in a film, "Act Up, the Story of a Performance", aired on Public Television stations across the U.S. In 2006 Binder completed work on "Field of Flowers" an eleven year video project in collaboration with the WV Coalition Against Domenstic Violence".

Binder has been recognized and received numerous awards over the years for her theatre work: 1989 - Recipient of Media Grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council for the theatre project "Broken Bough"; 1991 Recognition by the West Virginia Theatre Conference for "Outstanding Contribution to Theatre in West Virginia"; 2006 - Recipient of Secretary's Star Award for her life-long committment to arts and education" West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts; 2007 - the Purple Ribbon award from the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence for her film "Field of Flowers".

Also new this Spring will be the Artwork for Children class. This is a class for ages 8 and up. Information about enrollment, financial assistance, transportation and scholarships is available by calling 304 354-7874. If no one is in the office please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Heartwood in the Hills is located on Lovada Road off Route 16 just north of Grantsville, WV.

For more information and class schedules see heartwoodinthehills.org

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