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PASSION WORKS

To inspire and liberate the human spirit through the arts

ATHENS, OH   |  www.passionworks.org

Mission

Passion Works Studio is a collaborative community art center encouraging people of all abilities to work and thrive within partnership celebrating the power of creativity, connection and purpose.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Patty Mitchell

Operations Director

Shirley Anderson

Main address

20 E STATE ST

ATHENS, OH 45701 USA

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EIN

82-2288880

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sheltered workshops, day programs or work centers historically have provided rehabilitation services, training, and/or employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities. The term has been used generally to describe facilities that employ people with disabilities exclusively or primarily. Sheltered employment programs are designed to assist individuals who, for whatever reason, are viewed as not capable of working in a competitive employment setting in their local community. Passion Works seeks to change the narrative about the capabilities of individuals with disabilities by recognizing their creative talents.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Passion Works Studio

Passion Works Studio is a collaborative community art center encouraging people of all abilities to work and thrive within partnership celebrating the power of creativity, connection and purpose.
Twenty years ago (1998) Passion Works Studio began as a collaborative community studio housed within a sheltered workshop where people with and without developmental disabilities made art together. The studio was a trailblazer in creating an integrated setting where people were encouraged to investigate their own talents and interests while simultaneously participating in community based programming and creative employment options.
Passion Works has created art, spectacle, and merchandise reflecting the spirit of Athens, Ohio. Today we are located in uptown Athens, visitors are welcome to tour the studio, experience the making of Passion Flowers; “The Official Flower of Athens Ohio”, jump into collaborative art making, see giant puppets, fantastically funky art and the Passion Works Boutique.
Passion Works Studio is dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to explore and socially connect through the process of making art. We have a particular interest in following the esthetic lead, talents and interests of people who experience developmental differences and support collaborations with the larger community to encourage a more vibrant, healthy and connective culture.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with intellectual disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollars paid to artists

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Passion Works Studio

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

$10,373.60 for commission on fine art. $22,468.60 for production (hourly) at Ohio Minimum Wage

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, Academics

Related Program

Passion Works Studio

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of dollars received per donor

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Passion Works Studio

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Passion Works aims to be a place where people of all abilities are encouraged to experiment and investigate through their own personal talents and assets. What they discover is then worked into the larger goal of job creation and community outreach. Such a shift turns typically segregated spaces into incubators of discovery, where creativity can flourish and previously separated communities can come together.

Passion Works has created art, spectacle, and merchandise reflecting the spirit of Athens, Ohio. Today we are located in uptown Athens, visitors are welcome to tour the studio, experience the making of Passion Flowers; “The Official Flower of Athens Ohio”, jump into collaborative art making, see giant puppets, fantastically funky art and the Passion Works Boutique.

Passion Works Studio is dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to explore and socially connect through the process of making art. We have a particular interest in following the esthetic lead, talents and interests of people who experience developmental differences and support collaborations with the larger community to encourage a more vibrant, healthy and connective culture.

Passion Works was founded in 1998. Through it's history, the organization has evolved from being a part of a larger government entity to a free standing not-for-profit. Passion Works has an active governing board, solid standing in the local community, and an international reputation for excellence. The studio is located in uptown Athens, Ohio and is intimately connected with Ohio University. Ohio University partners with Passion Works for service learning opportunities for students, collaborations with several university departments, and as a training site for faculty and students.

Passion Works Annual Report 2019

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 working artists with developmental differences. This collective creates aesthetically and conceptually powerful works of art. More important than what is produced is how the collaborative practice encourages connection, purpose and belonging for the individual artists and the community at large.


2019 Exhibitions:
21 Guitar Salute - The Union, Athens, OH
A Story of Flying - Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University, Athens, OH
Guitar Show – Arts West, Athens, OH
Shared Vision – Ohio Designer Craft Museum, Columbus, OH
Shared Vision – Dairy Barn, Athens, OH
Yellow Springs Brewery - Yellow Springs OH

The Passion Flower
The Passion Flower is the essence of Athens, Ohio. Since 1998 Passion Works Studio has engaged artists with and without developmental differences, to paint and construct these bright, whimsical metal sculptures from up-cycled aluminum newspaper printing plates. To date, the studio has generated over $1.75 million dollars through Passion Flower production. Traditionally, people who experience developmental differences have been offered systematic, predictable, assembly-style work options. Producing art, like the Passion Flower, turns this notion upside-down. The original design of the petal shapes was inspired from drawings by Passion Works Artist Carolyn Williams. Over the years, artists have collaborated in the production of the flower, adding texture and design, and engaging their own individual talents and interests. Each flower a unique representation of its collective makers.

Troy Goins - TEDxStroudsRun
TEDxStroudsRun is an independently organized TED event in Athens in Appalachian Ohio. TEDxStroudsRun 2019 was a day filled with brilliant speakers and performers, and featured Passion Works artist Troy Goins. Troy, a much appreciated member of the community, is passionate about artistic creation and about building a better world for those with disabilities through the power of the arts. Troy’s life story is a beautiful one of transformation, of struggles overcome with courage and strength of character, and of realization of potential.


Honey for the Heart Celebrated 8 Years
Honey for the Heart is a month-long residency of collaboration and community-building between Passion Works, artists, OHIO Learning Communities, and the citizens of Athens. Participants transformed repurposed materials into larger-than-life puppets and costumes. Culminating with a town parade, all are invited to don these magical creations and dance up Court Street before the Annual Halloween Block Party. Arts for Ohio, Ohio University Learning Communities, and the Ohio Arts Council sponsor the Honey for the Heart program.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PASSION WORKS

Board of directors
as of 05/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Matt Thomson

Ohio University

Lynn Harter

Ohio University

Jan McGarry

Athens City Schools

Saumya Pant

Ohio University

Paul Schneider

Jessica Kopelwitz

TechGrowth Ohio

Jonathan Robe

Robe Law Office

Andrew Pueschel

Ohio University

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/24/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/24/2022

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.