Hear & Now: Community Perceptions of Homelessness

In the summer of 2017, artist Trimpin and Path with Art student artists began collaboratively envisioning, designing, and creating a kinetic sound sculpture, constructed from a wagon built by Trimpin's father, during his childhood in Germany. The sculpture includes original visual artwork, poetry and musical compositions created by PWA artists who have lived experience of homelessness; in Trimpin’s words, it is “a metaphor for being in constant transition.” 

The second phase of this project will consist of a local tour of the wagon, first at Seattle Art Museum, April 24th - July 15th, 2019, and two additional venues TBD, throughout the rest of 2019. Each phase of the tour will consist of three major parts: 

Interactive Exhibitions 

In 2019, the interactive sculpture will be exhibited at three civic and cultural arts locations throughout Seattle. Volunteer docents will be trained to help the public engage with the exhibit in a meaningful and interactive way. Docents will also educate the public about the genesis of this collaboration and create a welcoming atmosphere for all to participate.

Community Call and Impact Survey

Kiosks with an integrated recording device will be installed at each location as part of the interactive exhibitions. Upon queue, the music-making sculpture plays pieces reminiscent of a one-man-band. Additionally, the kiosks at each location will solicit community responses to a specific prompt around community perceptions of homelessness. Responses will be recorded and shared with students and volunteers participating in the Community Arts Response workshops. Each exhibition location will offer a unique prompt as part of the Community Call. An evaluation specialist will work with the Leadership Committee to create the prompts and develop an impact survey to collect and evaluate change in public perception.

Community Arts Response and Performances 

Path with Art will offer a series of Community Arts Response workshops each quarter for three quarters. Each workshop will include 8 two-hour classes that will be free and open to 20 participants; 10 slots will be reserved for Path with Art students referred to us through our social service partners and 10 slots will be open to volunteers from the general public. Participants will be presented with the responses recorded from the Community Call and will come together to interpret, discuss and conceptualize a response through performance art. Each class will present their piece in a live closing performance at each exhibition venue, which will be free and open to all. The performances will be widely marketed and will be an opportunity to further engage the general public in discussions around the current issues surrounding homelessness and explore potential solutions.

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