Community Studio

a SOIL SERIES program in partnership with Empower Youth


Community Studio 2018

Join us this summer for our 2018 Community Studio Program at the Empower Youth Ranch (2800 State Rt. 125, Bethel, OH 45106)!

Community Studio 2018 Flyer

**UPDATE: Wednesdays, June 6th – July 25th from 10am – 1pm**


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances we will be cancelling the final two Community Studio lessons of 2018 (Quilting), and our last day of Community Studio will be July 25th. Thank you to all who have participated in and supported the program. Stay tuned for an online exhibition featuring work by our 2018 Community Studio artists!


Community Studio is a free public art program for all ages offered in partnership with Empower YouthThe program, which had its first session in the summer of 2017, offers local residents a dedicated time and site for creativity. Guided by SOIL SERIES artists, Francesca Fiore and Hillary Wagner, Community Studio artists are invited to investigate place through making. All are welcome!

The concept for this summer’s session is focused on finding ways to connect participants to local history and tradition. Each week we will provide a profile of a Bethel (or area) resident who is creative in some way – a portrait of a local person and how they make something. Our goal is to offer a survey of possibilities and options for how to be a creative person in Bethel – especially a creative person whose making is in dialogue with the place and its rich traditions.

Out of the encounter with each new person, we will facilitate projects that will be carried out using a variety of materials to help participants connect more deeply to their home, their identity, and to one another. There will be five units and each unit will last two weeks. If you are not able to be present both days for a unit, do not let this discourage you from coming! We will provide modified ways for participation. 

We encourage registration ahead of time, although drop-ins are also welcome. Register for the 2018 summer session here:

Community Studio 2018 Registration

Take a look at our Community Studio posts for more information about our program. Feel free to contact us with any questions at


Support the Community Studio Program


Become a monthly patron of a Community Studio Artist

Although we have almost concluded the 2018 Community Studio session, we are still in need of funds and supplies to help defray the costs of our programming this summer. We are still looking for a group of generous individuals to become patrons of our incredible artists. A small monthly contribution on your part will go a long way toward providing our artists the resources they need.

To become a monthly patron, check out our Patreon or click on the link below:

Become a Patron!

Patreon is a membership platform that allows creators to get paid using a monthly subscription model. Patrons of SOIL SERIES can choose between 5 tiers of patronage ranging from $1 – $50/ month. We receive 95% of all contributions and patrons can cancel at any time. Please contact us with any questions!


Other ways to give:

Another way you can give is by contributing using the button below. *Please note: At this time contributions to SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing are not tax-deductible.*

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You can also help us achieve our goals by donating secondhand books and art supplies or by purchasing items off our Amazon Wishlist.


Thank you so much for your support and follow us for more updates!