Celebrating the 7th year of Honey for the Heart!


We use repurposed materials (things perceived as junk). Plastic, cardboard, sticks, fabric....are morphed into fantastical larger than life puppets that dance in parades, festivals...or unexpectedly appear at community events. Honey for the Heart Athens Halloween three week community making schedule: Community making begins Tuesday October 8th Monday-Friday 10:00-6:00 through October 25th!!!


OPEN STUDIO, Central Venue 29 E. Carpenter St. Athens, OH .

PARADE DAY October 27th 2018 To March: come to Central Venue, 29 E. Carpenter St. between 5:00 & 5:30 and find a puppet/costume to wear then marchers line up on Fern St. (right behind Central Venue). PARADE STEPS OFF AT 6PM SHARP!

HONEY FOR THE HEART BALL 7-9:00pm. The Wild Honey Bees are playing Live Music, treats and refreshments will be served- bring a treat, if you like -- and DANCE the Night Away!!


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We love to collaborate, building new artworks, sharing ideas and combining methods. Residencies are typically 2-4 weeks -- dedicated space is found, materials collected, other artists and community members are invited into the studio for an intensive and exciting art making experience. The core artists create the structure for the residency. Stations are set up where volunteers investigate different methods, materials...join in demonstrations by the artists or explore on their own. The artists create the structure- but do not tell participants what to do. The structure allows for freedom and permission to experiment. This approach taps into the individual interests of the participants. Dedication and enthusiasm, from the participants, is evident throughout the residency and crescendos during the final celebration! Arts for Ohio, The Ohio University Learning Communities, Ohio Arts Council and Stuart's Opera House/Nelsonville Music Festival, Ohio Pawpaw Festival have sponsored our projects. 2013: http://woub.org/2013/11/05/honey-heart-giant-puppets-come-alive-athens-halloween-parade 2012: http://youtu.be/e5oYTvrt8mw *Honey for the Heart - Beauty, delight, collaboration....the goal is to generate excitement -- a fluttering in the heart.....for people to see evidence of their creative spirit, experience the unexpected, find their joy and power...to make visible the talents and passion that already exists within a community.

Experiential Consulting

Arts Programming
​​​We are ready to help you advance your arts programming to the next level! Our team of artists will help your participants create different artwork. At the same time, we will help your organization connect with the community to fundraise, sell artwork, and organize events. 

​​We transform traditional sheltered workshops and adult day programs into community-centric programming.  We believe that everything you need to make this change already exists:  abundance and creativity.  We respond to the unique interests and talents within your organization.  

Keynote Presentations

​Our founders, Susan and Patty discuss current challenges, such as meeting the new guidelines from The Center for Medicaid Services. They share their innovative approaches and key takeaways from using The Creative Abundance Model to transform spaces just like yours!

Experiential Consulting

What We Do

Creative Abundance Consulting is based in the interconnectedness of community and the existing wealth of the creative spirit.

Honey for the Heart 2018

"To say that changing our program over to Creative Abundance has been life changing sounds cheesy – but it’s true!  The excitement and enthusiasm that they brought to the program has transformed the way our consumers feel about their day program.  Watching the interaction, creativity, and talents grow on a daily basis is amazing.  People who have been known in the past to be a wall flower are now out in the community spreading the message about the new and exciting things that we are working on.  The end result has been a tremendous amount of community outreach that we really struggled to achieve in the past. Our local community has embraced our effort and  industries are finding it easy to partner with us for their “upcycle-able”  items that they otherwise would have gotten rid of.  The collaboration has created a new buzz for us – something all agencies are always trying to pursue!" - Michelle Leonard-Smith, CEO/Executive Director of Abilities Services in Crawfordsville, IN