ATHENS, OHIO: Passion Works Studio in Athens, Ohio is launching their annual operations fundraiser in order to ensure the studio continues to thrive. The Time to Fly fundraiser, which aims to raise $250,000.00 by December 15, 2021 is the studio’s most ambitious yet.
“Passion Works is wholly funded through individual donations, grants and art sales. Without fundraisers like this succeeding, we would not be able to flourish year round,” said Patty Mitchell the studio’s Founder and Executive Director. The Passion Works story began in 1998 when Mitchell discovered the joy and hope art brought to people with developmental differences.
By bringing those with and without developmental differences together to create art, Mitchell believes true freedom is discovered for both the artists and the recipients of the art. “When you have effortless connection with another person without discomfort, the spirit is free,” says Mitchell.
Since its founding in 1998, Passion Works has been nationally recognized time and time again for its profound work and impact on the Athens community. Today, Passion Works is asking that same community to ensure their vitality by contributing financial support through the Time to Fly Annual Fundraiser.
When the studio was founded, one of the first successful installations included pieces of hundreds of flying birds. Created by Mitchell and others, the installation was a huge success and set the stage for what was to come.
In the spirit of the founding installation, Time to Fly sets out to create an even larger installation. One that will begin taking shape with the campaign’s launch on Friday, October 15th at the Passion Works Studio in Athens. As each donation is made, a flying creature will be added to the Time to Fly installation. Donors will also be mailed a similar installation piece for their own collections. The menagerie of flying creatures to choose from includes a bee, dragon fly, bird, butterfly, sun, cloud, owl, hawk, and peacock, each growing in size as donation levels get higher.
Once the installation is complete, Passion Works plans on moving it to other locations throughout the state as a traveling work of art.
“This installation reminds all of us that in working together with those who are too often forgotten, or left behind, we can all truly fly,” said Susan Dlouhy, Operations Director of Passion Works Studio.
The Time to Fly installation is both a love letter to the community that has supported Passion Works for over 20 years, as well as an ask for continued support for critical operations expenses. Donate now or learn more at https://passion-works-studio.myshopify.com/pages/time-to-fly.
Passion Works is a collaborative community arts studio located in Athens, Ohio. Their mission is to inspire and liberate the human spirit through the arts. At the heart and soul of Passion Works is a core group of working artists with and without developmental differences.
Passion Works uses upcycled materials to create their art. Each piece is hand-painted and hand-crafted, and no two pieces are the same. Installation pieces for the Time to Fly Installation are no exception. The wood that each creature is crafted from is upcycled from the Community Makerspace – UpCycle Ohio, and the artists are given the freedom to design the piece however they choose. Each donor will receive a completely unique and joyful piece of art. This collective creates aesthetically and conceptually powerful works of art from upcycled materials. Each one-of-a-kind piece is made with love and joy.
More information about Passion Works Studio: https://passion-works-studio.myshopify.com/