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|Art moves us. It takes us out of ourselves and transports us to distant lands and far-off times. It lifts our spirits and makes our hearts soar. Art gives us wings, and at Passion Works Studio the artists are ready for takeoff.
Passion Works: A Story of Flying tells of a thriving
arts studio designed around the talents of artists with
developmental disabilities. Told through heartwarming
stories and eye-popping art, the film reveals how an active
community arts program can inspire, transform and even
transport people to new passions and new places.
Launched in 1996, the studio began modestly in the corner of
a sheltered workshop for adults with developmental
disabilities. By focusing on the artists abilities instead
of disabilities, the staff uncovered a bounty of untapped
creativity. The art has been a way for the Passion Works
artists to transcend their disabilities, giving them a new
sense of purpose and recognition as truly talented
Seen as cutting edge in the arts world, Passion Works has
evolved into a studio that encourages artists of all
abilities to create collaborative art. The art has received
national attention and has been featured in galleries and
exhibitions as well as newspapers, magazines and radio
Passion Works shows that art is an innate part of all
people. Through its spirit of partnership and shared vision,
Passion Works is taking art to new heights and allowing new
ideas about people with disabilities to take wing.