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WOUB Creative Abundance on YouTube


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Documentaries will be released each Friday at 8 p.m.

ATHENS, OH – WOUB Public Media continues its free YouTube release of locally-produced documentaries this week to provide quality local entertainment people can enjoy at home as Ohioans fight the spread of COVID-19.  On Friday, May 29 at 8 p.m., WOUB is releasing Creative Abundance. The documentaries will remain posted on YouTube for one week after their release.

 

Creative Abundance

Friday, May 29

8 p.m.

https://bit.ly/CreativeAbundanceWOUB

 

The Creative Abundance documentary, which was originally released in 2015, showcases the philosophy behind the Passion Works Studio, a collaborative community art center in Athens, Ohio. The film profiles the efforts of Patty Mitchell, founder and executive director of Passion Works Studio, and Susan Dlouhy, director of operations of Passion Works Studio, as they revolutionize services for individuals with developmental differences through an asset-based and responsive model that fosters human expression, develops individuals’ talents, and builds inclusive communities. The filmmakers document how Mitchell and Dlouhy have diffused the creative abundance model across the U.S. and in international contexts.

The film was co-produced by Ohio University Communications Studies Professor Dr. Lynn Harter, co-director of the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact, and WOUB Producer/Director Evan Shaw.

“I hope audiences interested in the “why” and “how” of studios like Passion Works will tune in for this special release of Creative Abundance,” shared Harter. “Although the film is focused on re-envisioning organizations that serve individuals with developmental differences, it profiles a set of values and practices worthy of modeling across contexts. Mitchell and Dlouhy embrace an appreciative and aesthetic mindset that I view as essential for fostering social change. In a historical moment characterized by physical distancing and social isolation, this film offers a timely reminder about cultivating relational connections and a sense of belonging through artistic collaborations.”

Mitchell was recently featured during one of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s daily Coronavirus news briefings showcasing how she is working with those with developmental disabilities to make protective masks for people in the local community.