Patty Mitchell

Patty Mitchell is an artist and social innovator specializing in collaborations between artists with and without perceived differences and in transforming sheltered workshops into creative spaces.

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Upcycling Sheltered Workshops · A Revolutionary Approach to Transforming Workshops into Creative Spaces
By Susan Dlouhy and Patty Mitchell · Foreword by Lynn M. Harter

At a time when the traditional sheltered workshop model has fallen under rightful criticism, and a new paradigm for disability programming is not yet in place, Upcycling Sheltered Workshops offers a revolutionary alternative. As many push to dismantle sheltered workshops, Susan Dlouhy and Patty Mitchell present the Creative Abundance Model, a proven method that redirects sheltered workshops from routine to creativity, putting participants in the driver’s seat.

“The Creative Abundance Model is the innovative core of Upcycling Sheltered Workshops. With Susan and Patty’s approach, life happens, creativity is realized, and authentic engagement becomes the norm. Upcycling beats recycling every single day when it comes to people.”

Donna S. Collins, Executive Director, Ohio Arts Council