The Heartbeat's Programs

The Heartbeat Center

for Writing Literacy and the Arts

We constantly look for new program ideas, and we're open to your suggestions. If you have an idea, please share it with us. We're more than willing to create a specialized program for you or your group.

Since 2001, The Heartbeat has conducted the following programs:

Homes - The Heartbeat Center for Writing, Literacy and the Arts, Inc., has organized a team that is doing a documentary about the Wisconsin resettlement of Afghan refugees. We'll be documenting feelings of the general population, community leaders, former refugees, resettlement organizers, Afghanistan veterans, and -- most importantly -- the refugees from Afghanistan.

The Homes project will work to help people understand feelings about homes the refugees left and seek, and about the feelings people have about their own homes as the refugees resettle in Wisconsin.

This is not a news story. Instead, it's an educational documentary that will be followed through several years and archived primarily at The Highground Veterans Memorial Park near Neillsville, WI, and be disseminated through a variety of media.

Work already is under way on the Homes project, which has a starting budget of $122,000 to cover travel and lodging, administrative costs, equipment costs, and compensation for services. Please consider a donation. Donations may be made on this site's donations page.

Veterans Expressing Themselves (VETs) a day celebrating veterans who have served by promoting their art through music, writing, and the visual arts.

Writing and motivation classes
for high school students in high schools throughout Wisconsin and Florida.

​“Key Ingredients: America by Food,” traveling Smithsonian exhibit for six weeks in Osseo, Wisconsin. Writing, visual arts, and performance arts developed for the exhibit.

ParkBeats, a weekly summer outdoor music series in Central Park at Osseo, Wisconsin.

Memoir Writing, a program inspiring adults to look back at their lives and tell their stories.

​​The David Project, an ongoing memoir-writing heritage- and memoir-education program.

Rock and Write, combined visual arts and writing in an after-school project at Fairchild Elementary School in Wisconsin.

On the Wire, a wire-arts education program presented at Osseo, Wisconsin.

The Pulse and The Pulse Online, presented news and features – focusing on writing and the arts, with emphasis on readers’ contributions -- in west-central Wisconsin communities.

The Pulse Radio, an online radio feed that presented original music of all genre produced and performed by independent musicians.

Messages on the Wall, community members were asked to use sidewalk chalk to complete writing- and arts-related sentences started by The Heartbeat Center staff.

Holiday Lights, The Heartbeat staff and volunteers performed the annual set-up of holiday light displays at Central Park in Osseo, Wisconsin.

The Artery, a visual arts gallery featuring regional artists in Osseo, Wisconsin.

A Lot of Chalk, a sidewalk chalk-art contest in Whitehall, Wisconsin.

Glory Days, a writing program for athletes to reminisce about their participation in high school sports.

A Leaf for All Seasons, writers, visual artists, and musicians are invited to The Heartbeat Center to create pieces based on seasonal changes.

For information about our programs, or to propose ideas, please contact us with your thoughts or questions