Experience Hear & Now

In the summer of 2017, the artist Trimpin and Path with Art student artists who have lived experience of homelessness began collaboratively envisioning, designing, and creating a kinetic sound sculpture. The sculpture includes original visual artwork, poetry, and musical compositions created by PwA artists. In Trimpin’s words, this sculpture is “a metaphor for being in constant transition.” Viewers are invited to activate the sculpture by pressing the play button situated next to the sculpture.

During its recent stay at Seattle Art Museum, Hear & Now earned rave reviews. The Seattle P-I called it “eye-catching,” and The Stranger selected it as one of its Critics’ Picks Best Art Shows of the summer. “Lives of the homeless, often overlooked, can no longer be ignored thanks to the message shared through a powerful work of art,” Evening Magazine said of the piece.

Want to get involved? Become a volunteer docent, collaborator, join the Leadership Committee, or find another way to engage. Learn more about volunteer opportunities here.

Special thanks to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the Shanbrom Family Foundation for sponsoring Hear & Now.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Visitors can experience Hear & Now at the following locations through the end of 2019:

Special Events - Free and open to all


Trimpin's Hear & Now: Reception and Artist Conversation
WHEN: September 20th, 7-9pm
WHERE: Jack Straw Cultural Center

Join us for a reception and artist conversation with Trimpin and some of the Path with Art artists who collaborated on Hear & Now.

A/NT Gallery October Opening Reception
WHEN: October 5th, 6-9pm
WHERE: A/NT Gallery

Past Exhibitions & programs


Seattle Design Festival Block party
When: August 24 & 25, 10AM - 7PM
Where: Block Party at Lake Union Park, 860 TERRY AVE N, SEATTLE

The Seattle Design Festival Block Party is a two-day street fair celebrating the powerful ways design affects our lives. This fun outdoor event is an opportunity for the design community and the public to come together and interact through large-scale design installations, performances, and design activities all centered around the Festival’s 2019 theme, BALANCE. The installations are designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, sizes, and abilities. Families are welcome and encouraged.

Drop-in Art Party!
WHEN: Saturday, August 17th & Sunday, August 18th, 10-6pm
WHERE: 300 Dexter Avenue North

Join Path with Art in a one-weekend-only, creative, drop-in work session, full of art, music, food, and community! Drop-in for an hour, or stay all day. Collaborate, design, and build a structure to shelter Hear & Now while it is unhoused and on display at the Seattle Design Festival Block Party.

Teaching Artists Devon Hale and Olivia Turner will be on hand to guide the process. An extension of a 2017 collaboration between PwA and MacArthur Genius Award winner, Trimpin, this weekend-long workshop aims to explore perceptions of homelessness through design around the theme, balance. This opportunity to explore and create is available to EVERYONE. ALL are welcome! All ages, and level of artistic experience are encouraged to join. RSVP here.


Located in Capitol Hill’s iconic Chophouse Row building, the Goethe Pop Up Seattle is here to celebrate the Year of German-American Friendship with you. From October 2018 through November 2019 we will host and support a variety of cultural events such as art exhibits, film screenings, lectures, and panel discussions to promote cultural exchange.


SAM has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest since 1933. Visit SAM to see a museum carved into the city, as much a part of Seattle's landscape and personality as the coffee, rain, mountains, Pike Place Market, and the Space Needle.

Hear & Now
Live Performance & Artist Talkback
When: June 6th
Where: Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave

Celebrate Hear & Now, the new kinetic sound sculpture installed in SAM's Sarkowsky Hall, by local artist Trimpin and Path with Art artists, with performances and a discussion. Attend all or any part of this event -- it is free and open to all!

5:30–6:30 PM: Pop-up performances by Path with Art artists with Hear & Now.
7–8 PM: Artist talkback, featuring Trimpin and Path with Art artists about the creation of the sculpture.
8:15 PM: Movement piece performed by Path with Art artists and artists from the greater Seattle community, directed by Rachel Brumer and Monique Holt. Accompanied by the musical compositions played by the sculpture, this movement response will incorporate ASL and poetry developed for the sculpture. This performance will include ASL interpretation. Learn more & reserve your spot here.