modifying WP Query

Hello,
I'm trying to modify the query bellow I tried to change the line $the_query = new WP_Query( array("post_type"=>"project_post") );

to  $the_query = new WP_Query( 'cat=4'  ); but it shows empty result on the page, my goal here is get all posts from specific category

original code:

<?php
                                                $the_query = new WP_Query( array("post_type"=>"project_post") );
                                                while ( $the_query->have_posts() ) : $the_query->the_post();
                                                $image = wp_get_attachment_image_src( get_post_thumbnail_id( $post->ID ), 'project_preview_big' );
                                                $image = $image[0];
                                                $categories = wp_get_post_terms($post->ID,"projects_category");
                                                $category = array();
                                                if(count($categories)){
                                                      foreach($categories as $categ){
                                                            array_push($category,$categ->name);
                                                      }
                                                      $category = implode(",",$category);
                                                }
                                                else{
                                                      $category = "";
                                                }
                                                $cats = array();
                                                foreach($categories as $cat){
                                                      array_push($cats,$cat->term_id);
                                                }
                                                $cats = implode(",",$cats);
                                                ?>
jakub99Asked:
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john_yourspaceCommented:
the_query = new WP_Query( array("post_type"=>"project_post","cat"=>4) );
jakub99Author Commented:
It shows empty page e.g no posts are displayed also the filter button stops working.
eemitCommented:
It seams that you category isn't a built in category, but custom taxonomy.
Try to use "tax_query" e.g:

$args = array(
	'post_type' => 'project_post',//here your custom post type slug
	'posts_per_page'=> -1,
	'post_status' => 'publish',
	'orderby' => 'date',
	'order' => 'DESC',
	'tax_query' => array(
		array(
			'taxonomy' => 'your_custom_taxonomy_slug',//here your custom taxonomy slug
			'field' => 'slug',
			'terms' => 'your_term_slug',//here your custom taxonomy term slug
			//'include_children' => false,//optional (default is true)
		)
	),
);

$the_query = new WP_Query( $args );

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