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.

Since 2008, Path with Art has been at the forefront of a growing international movement that utilizes the power of art as a means to bring dignity, awareness, and healing to the complexities of the issues surrounding homelessness, and recovery from trauma.  As a long-time leader in this field, the Path with Art model is currently being sought out and recognized by communities both nationally and internationally.



We serve low-to-no income adults in active recovery from domestic abuse, homelessness, addiction, mental illness, and other trauma who are working to rebuild their lives.  Our students are referred to us by over 30 social service partners. These include housing providers such as Plymouth Housing, the YWCA, and the Downtown Emergency Services Center as well as social service and mental health agencies such as the Community Psychiatric Clinic and Recovery Café.



With your help, in 2017, we will serve over 600 students and 32 social service agencies at no cost to them or our partner organizations through:

Arts Education.  Path with Art’s year round classes are taught by over 25 professional teaching artists across a wide variety of disciplines- from Sumi painting to Shakespeare- in a wide variety of classrooms- from our own Path with Art studio to the Seattle Art Museum to the Richard Hugo House. In these workshops students learn or re-learn how to trust themselves and others, develop new skills for self-expression, explore problem solving.

Social Service Partner Workshops. Path with Art is providing on-site art workshops for select social service partners including Mary’s Place, Chief Seattle Club, and Full Life Care, helping to support and build communities within. Art created in these workshops is then used to decorate the walls of the partners’ buildings.

Access Art. Working with our arts partners, our students are provided access to to exhibitions and performances at professional art venues. This year we hope to see 42 such trips to programming at the Seattle Opera, the Seattle Rep and the Seattle Art Museum, and Seattle Shakespeare to name a few.

Exhibitions & Showcases. We hold regular public exhibitions, performances and showcases to celebrate our students' artistic achievements. These events are powerful for both our students and the broader community, allowing the public to better understand the population we serve through their art versus the lens of statistics.

Community Connections. Officially launched in 2016, Community Connections facilitates place-based arts engagement opportunities between disparate communities to foster better understanding such as the Painting and Poetry in the Parks summer workshops run in Occidental Park in partnership with the Downtown Seattle Association and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. 2017 featured “Love is Light” the lantern project and 2018 will showcase “Hear & Now”,  a year-round, multi-disciplinary sound art and performance led by theinternationally acclaimed artist Trimpin and Path with Art students.