Student Pathways Initiative
The Student Pathways Initiative was developed in response to feedback from our students to create a broader range of opportunities- from lower barrier ways to get involved with us like workshops and Access Art, to higher involvement opportunities like the Certificate Program and Advanced Classes. Not only does this initiative put an emphasis on meeting every PwA community member where they are at, but it offers us an opportunity to witness and celebrate student growth and success. No matter if you are in a Drop-In Workshop or part of the Student Ambassadors, your journey and path matters, and we want to support you along the way! For more information, or to get involved with any of the following opportunities, reach out to the program team at 206-601-7112.
STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Path with Art is committed to the growth and development of our student community! New and returning students can be involved in our work on many levels, including volunteering with administrative tasks, event support or upcoming new projects! Students who are interested in offering their time can check back on this page for updated volunteer needs which will be posted regularly.
Current Volunteer Needs: Making Student Handbooks
All registered students will receive their Student ID on the first day of class starting August 2019. You will be able to use this ID for registration in Quarter 4, making the registration process much faster. Additionally, as a Path with Art student you are eligible to receive discounts on art supplies around town! Currently, Blick Art Materials (in Capitol Hill) and Artist and Craftsman Supply (in the University District) have partnered with us to offer discounts to our students-- more art and music supply stores to come! To receive a 10% discount on supplies present your ID when you check out.
STUDENT COMMUNITY MEETINGS
Two times a year PwA students are invited to engage in constructive community dialogue together with PwA staff! This is an opportunity for students to have a voice in programmatic decisions and for staff to be well informed about the student perspectives or evolving community needs. Keep an eye out for our next meeting in Winter 2019!
In 2018 Path with Art began a Student Certificate Program to honor students who committed themselves to developing and growing within our programs. Students who successfully complete a course by attending 6 out of 8 classes are awarded a Certificate of Completion at the end of each class session, mailed to you or available for pickup at the office.
When you complete earn 4 Certificates of Completion, you become eligible for a Certificate of Achievement. This certificate qualifies students to participate in additional Path with Art programs, such as the Student Ambassador Program special projects and advanced classes. Certificates of Achievement will be awarded in a special celebration once a year during the summer!
The Student Ambassador Program is open to any student who has earned a Certificate of Achievement and wishes to volunteer their time as a leader. Student Ambassadors represent Path with Art in the community, and can expect to develop their leadership skills, become comfortable discussing Path with Art. In this role, PwA student artists have a chance to cultivate further engagement from the general public and their community, and support student retention through leadership tasks in class. This is a volunteer position open only to students, unlike the staff, Teaching Artist or Creative Mentor positions.
STUDENT SPEAKER’S BUREAU
This exciting new 8 week class will be available to Certificate of Achievement holders in Quarter 4 of 2019, and is meant to strengthen student public speaking skills. The class will focus on growing confidence and cultivating a small group of spokespeople on behalf of Path with Art, eligible to speak at various public facing engagements. This idea was fostered by students interested in sharing how arts engagement and community has impacted their lives and wanting to share their stories. Speakers Bureau graduates will assist staff in developing promotional material that will be used to recruit new students and market new programs, and become representatives of PwA by taking on a visible, public-facing role.