See WOUB’s documentary “Creative Abundance” 

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Airs Friday, November 13 • 9 p.m. 

The Creative Abundance documentary examines services in place for individuals with developmental disabilities, usually in the form of vocational and rehabilitative workshops, which are often sheltered from the public eye and from community interaction. Through the efforts of artist and social innovator Patty Mitchell and President of Norwich Consulting Services Susan Dlouhy this film looks at the roots of organizational innovation and social change. Both Mitchell and Dlouhy see workshops as an opportunity to integrate art programming to develop the talent of the individuals they work with and their communities.

Sheltered workshops offer vocational and rehabilitative services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Despite earnest efforts to “think ability first” workshops remain organized around people’s limitations and often fall short of community integration. Creative Abundance profiles the efforts of Patty Mitchell and Susan Dlouhy, activists who embrace an asset-based approach for organizational innovation and social change. Mitchell and Dlouhy envision workshops as spaces for creative activity and illustrate the power of art to imagine a future beyond the familiar. Creative Abundance documents how Mitchell and Dlouhy integrate art programming into workshops to foster human expression, develop individuals’ talents, and build community.

Produced by Lynn M. Harter, Evan Shaw and Margaret M. Quinlan. Associate Producers Thomas Hodson, Michael Broderick, and Kristen Okamoto. Assistant Producers Mark Brewer and Sonia Ivancic. In association with WOUB Public Media, The Courage of Creativity Initiative and The Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact.