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Passion Works Turns 25

It's been strengthening Ohio's Appalachian community for many years

Passion Works Studio turns 25 in 2023 and its signature event, the Honey for the Heart parade, is back after the (COVID-19) pandemic hiatus. Now, the Athens-based art studio known for its vibrant displays and rainbow-colored palette is helping to expand Ohio University's campaign to reduce bias through open and respectful dialogue that extends beyond culture and background.

The Make Respect Visible campaign is a collaborative initiative between the Ohio University Division for Diversity and Inclusion, Division of Student Affairs and University Communications and Marketing to create a baseline culture of respect for the OHIO community. Passion Works is an obvious bridge between the University and Athens community because of its ethos of treating all people with dignity and respect, particularly those with developmental differences.

“This is the continuation of building the community in which we want to live, and making visible the spirit of Athens,” said Patty Mitchell, executive director and founder of Passion Works. Mitchell is a two-time Ohio University graduate (BFA ’87, MFA ’91) who elected to make Athens her home. She opened Passion Works 25 years ago, not only to make art that reflects the Athens community, but also to provide a space for artists with and without developmental differences to create art together. 

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