Education Programming


Finding Home in Charlottesville
Thursday, September 12

Work with artist Charlotte McGraw to create your own multi-media portrait collage. You’ll hear about “Charlottesville,” an imaginary town where Charlotte reigns as mayor. Read more and register here.



Small Dolls, Big Personalities
Thursday, October 3

Join Patty Mitchell and Susan Dlouhy from Passion Works Studio and Debbie Griffing from Goodwill Art Studio for a small doll workshop. Repurposing felted wool, buttons, beads and bits of “this and that,” you’ll learn how to stitch simple and fantastical little characters. Read more and register here.


Collaborative Art Making Think Tank
Thursday, October 3

Join Susan Dlouhy and Patty Mitchell of Creative Abundance Consulting and Passion Works Studio to learn about initiatives in collaborative art studios and community projects. The day will feature a presentation by Susan and Patty, a guided tour of the exhibition, Shared Vision: Passions of the Human Spirit, a “show and tell” by participating panelists and a materials swap. Click here for tickets and more information.


Thanks to the Ohio Arts Council for supporting this exhibition and all related programming. 

Exhibition Partners

Passion Works Studio is a collaborative community arts center located in Athens, Ohio at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. At the heart and soul of Passion Works is a core group of practicing professional artists with developmental differences. People who were historically perceived as unemployable non-viable citizens, are today creating visual evidence of the depth and wealth of the creative human spirit.

Goodwill Art Studio & Gallery in Columbus is an innovative fine arts program for people with developmental differences and other barriers. The studio and gallery is open to adults with any disability, creating a diverse studio environment.  For the artists who create here, it is a place of self-expression and personal growth. For the volunteers who lend their time, it is a place of fulfillment. And for the patrons of the arts, it is a source of inspiring collections and talent.

Open Door Art Studio & Gallery believes that all artists deserve a creative space where they can develop unique artistic voices and access opportunities afforded through the arts. By providing individualized support, they empower Columbus artists to achieve their ambitions through community partnerships, creative expression, and representation.

Planet Joy Studio in Medina, Ohio, is a collaborative in-house art studio that encourages the exploration of imagination and creativity through the arts. Artists of all skill levels and abilities work both independently and collaboratively to bring pieces to life using a variety of mixed media. The studio enables individuals with disabilities to integrate into the community and share their work with the world.

Soaring Arts Studio in Napoleon, Ohio, is a vibrant and inspiring place where artists of all abilities are empowered to explore their talents and express themselves through the arts. Soaring Arts strives to be a creative outlet where people feel welcome to come, create, collaborate and be a part of an artistic community.

Sunapple Studio is a program of ARC Industries in Columbus. Here, artists work in a variety of media and are supported in the exploration of their talents by staff and teaching consultants.  The Sunapple product line includes a diverse range of products, from unique garden ornaments and herb markers to fine art paintings and prints.  Sunapple artists have also created custom-designed commissioned pieces for companies and retail spaces.

Thundersky Gallery in Cincinnati aims to keep the memory and vision of Raymond Thunder-Sky alive. It does this by not only touting his talents in various ways as well as showing and archiving his work, but by encouraging and inspiring other unconventional artists and those who collaborate with them.

Visionaries and Voices  in Cincinnati serves over 150 artists each week and presents five exhibitions per year. V+V has developed a groundbreaking education program that provides artists opportunities to present their work and teach in community and classroom settings. The Teaching Artist Program (T.A.P.) now reaches over 6,000 students each year.


For images from the exhibition click here.