Path with Art is driven by its Vision: A world where arts engagement is recognized as transformative––connecting the individual with self, the self with community, and communities with society. In this world, the power of arts engagement is available for all.
WHY PATH WITH ART?
For some, the compounding effects of poverty, mental illness, or lack of a family support system can lead to a downward spiral where inner wounds manifest in homelessness, addiction, and disconnection from society. The results can be seen every day in every city across the U.S. We believe creative engagement is a powerful means to reconnect individuals to self and self-worth. It is also a powerful tool for understanding and appreciating one other's humanity. Creativity is both a product and a salve for the hurt places, as George Braque writes: “Art is a wound, turned into light.”
Path with Art’s three-prong program addresses these needs by offering students:
Path with Art provides classes to engage students in creative, skill-building activities as part of a safe, cooperative community. Classes cover various disciplines such as painting, photography, creative writing, music and acting and movement. In 2014, Path with Art offered thirty classes spread across five class terms. A typical class term consists of eight weekly sessions lasting two to three hours. In 2014, Path with Art class attendance reached a record high of over 580 seats.
Path with Art holds annual public exhibits and annual showcases to celebrate student artists and their work. These events also serve to close the gap between people in recovery and the general public. In 2015 our exhibits and showcases attracted record attendance from the community. We also brought our exhibits to larger audiences through powerful exhibits at The Seattle Art Museum and The Washington State Convention Center and the UW School of Social Work. We are currently curating a new exhibit to be displayed at Seattle City Hall in May of 2016.
Several times a month, Access Art events overcome traditional barriers to arts and culture access, taking groups of Path with Art students and participants to a wide variety of Pacific Northwest arts institutions including The Seattle Opera, The Seattle Art Museum. The Frye Art Museum, and Chihuly Garden & Glass. Access Art also assists arts organizations as they strive to reach underserved Seattle audiences.
Through collaboration with our social services partners and by directly engaging local professional teaching artists as well as arts and culture organizations, Path with Art achieves its mission-driven goals.
By engaging in the creative process, Path with Art program participants earn and share the respect of their teachers and fellow students, gain the self-confidence that arises from creative insight and visibility, and learn to connect more deeply to the world around them. Our multifaceted programming breaks down the traditional societal barriers that often exist to accessing arts and culture while encouraging community stability and fostering personal self-esteem.
Our growth and success are due to enthusiasm for our programming on the parts of our students, our social service and arts partners, our teaching artists, our staff, and our supporters, who share our vision: a world where arts engagement is recognized as transformative––connecting the individual with self, the self with community, and communities with society. In this world, the power of arts engagement is available for all.