Celebrating the 7th year of Honey for the Heart!


We use repurposed materials (things perceived as junk). Plastic, cardboard, sticks, fabric....are morphed into fantastical larger than life puppets that dance in parades, festivals...or unexpectedly appear at community events.


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We love to collaborate, building new artworks, sharing ideas and combining methods. Residencies are typically 2-4 weeks -- dedicated space is found, materials collected, other artists and community members are invited into the studio for an intensive and exciting art making experience. The core artists create the structure for the residency. Stations are set up where volunteers investigate different methods, materials...join in demonstrations by the artists or explore on their own. The artists create the structure- but do not tell participants what to do. The structure allows for freedom and permission to experiment. This approach taps into the individual interests of the participants. Dedication and enthusiasm, from the participants, is evident throughout the residency and crescendos during the final celebration! Arts for Ohio, The Ohio University Learning Communities, Ohio Arts Council and Stuart's Opera House/Nelsonville Music Festival, Ohio Pawpaw Festival have sponsored our projects. 2013: http://woub.org/2013/11/05/honey-heart-giant-puppets-come-alive-athens-halloween-parade 2012: http://youtu.be/e5oYTvrt8mw *Honey for the Heart - Beauty, delight, collaboration....the goal is to generate excitement -- a fluttering in the heart.....for people to see evidence of their creative spirit, experience the unexpected, find their joy and power...to make visible the talents and passion that already exists within a community.

Experiential Consulting

Arts Programming
​​​We are ready to help you advance your arts programming to the next level! Our team of artists will help your participants create different artwork. At the same time, we will help your organization connect with the community to fundraise, sell artwork, and organize events. 

​​We transform traditional sheltered workshops and adult day programs into community-centric programming.  We believe that everything you need to make this change already exists:  abundance and creativity.  We respond to the unique interests and talents within your organization.  

Passion Works / Creative Abundance Training Center

Keynote Presentations

​Our founders, Susan and Patty discuss current challenges, such as meeting the new guidelines from The Center for Medicaid Services. They share their innovative approaches and key takeaways from using The Creative Abundance Model to transform spaces just like yours!

Experiential Consulting

What We Do

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 artists with developmental differences. People who were historically perceived as unemployable non-viable citizens, are today creating visual evidence of the depth and wealth of the creative human spirit. Offered a responsive structure, quality materials and welcoming space the artists reciprocate with wildly imaginative, beautiful creations that are fresh and approachable.
Passion Works Artists are:


  • Designing product lines
  • Producing Passion Flowers (“The Official Flower of Athens, Ohio”)
  • Collaborating with classes/students/faculty within higher education (Ohio University)
  • Building community through collaboration with children, families and visiting artists
  • Creating public artworks
  • Installing exhibitions
  • Enhancing the experience at festivals
  • Partnering with area artisans


What is dramatic is the absolute joy that is experienced in the studio by the artists, volunteers, staff and customers. The secret sauce is creating an environment where people are encouraged to explore materials and ideas, collaborate and discover individually within a group. We all need connection and purpose to thrive and the studio respects individual expression while offering the benefit of working within a collaborative/connected environment. Creating connection for anyone who was perceived through their differences and now recognized for their strengths, talents and uniqueness is liberating. The studio’s social design has become a natural and attractive intersect for our very diverse community to come together.

Typically people who experience developmental disabilities are served within isolated environments with very little expectation for individual development. Because there is no expectation, minimal opportunity exists. Without community connection, purpose or opportunity people will fail to thrive. This is why Passion Works is dedicated to demonstrating the power of the human spirit and welcoming other communities to replicate and make their own like community collaborative spaces.

Though community art making Passion Works Studio is enriching the cultural experience, creative economy and encouraging new tourism opportunities for Athens, Ohio. Passion Works is focused on creating the richest experience possible for its members and community. We are equally passionate about opening up the experience nationally and internationally for organizations/communities. Today, Passion Works Studio is a training center where participants witness the CREATIVE ABUNDANCE MODEL and leave with strategies to encourage similar programing that respond to their own unique opportunities.


Creative Abundance Consulting is based in the interconnectedness of community and the existing wealth of the creative spirit.

Honey for the Heart 2018

"To say that changing our program over to Creative Abundance has been life changing sounds cheesy – but it’s true!  The excitement and enthusiasm that they brought to the program has transformed the way our consumers feel about their day program.  Watching the interaction, creativity, and talents grow on a daily basis is amazing.  People who have been known in the past to be a wall flower are now out in the community spreading the message about the new and exciting things that we are working on.  The end result has been a tremendous amount of community outreach that we really struggled to achieve in the past. Our local community has embraced our effort and  industries are finding it easy to partner with us for their “upcycle-able”  items that they otherwise would have gotten rid of.  The collaboration has created a new buzz for us – something all agencies are always trying to pursue!" - Michelle Leonard-Smith, CEO/Executive Director of Abilities Services in Crawfordsville, IN