Sheltered workshops offer vocational and rehabilitative services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Despite ea...rnest efforts to “think ability first” workshops remain organized around people’s limitations and often fall short of community integration. Creative Abundance profiles the efforts of Patty Mitchell and Susan Dlouhy, activists who embrace an asset-based approach for organizational innovation and social change. Mitchell and Dlouhy envision workshops as spaces for creative activity and illustrate the power of art to imagine a future beyond the familiar. Creative Abundance documents how Mitchell and Dlouhy integrate art programming into workshops to foster human expression, develop individuals’ talents, and build community.
Produced by Lynn M. Harter, Evan Shaw and Margaret M. Quinlan. Associate Producers Thomas Hodson, Michael Broderick, and Kristen Okamoto. Assistant Producers Mark Brewer and Sonia Ivancic. In association with WOUB Public Media, The Courage of Creativity Initiative and The Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact.