Path with Art at Ballard Safe Lot

The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), worked with Path with Art to provide on-site arts education workshops at the Ballard Safe Lot in July.

The city of Seattle provided several “Safe Lots” for those homeless individuals and families who reside in their vehicles. The Safe Lots offered parking spaces so that vehicles did not have to park in adjacent streets. One, on property owned by Seattle Public Utilities in Ballard, hosted classes and opportunities for the lot’s residents to engage in art and music-making.

Path with Art transforms the lives of people recovering from homelessness, addiction, and other trauma by harnessing the power of creative engagement as a bridge to community and a path to stability. Path with Art hired five teaching artists, Scott Driscoll, Catherin Gill, Rebekka Goldsmith, Rachel Kessler and Natasha Marin to lead 12 multidisciplinary (visual, literary, and musical) workshops on site. All materials were provided and were free for participants.

The very first workshop featured teaching artist Rebekka Goldsmith, who engaged residents through music and worked with them on telling their story through song. Additional workshops included creative journaling, collage, watercolor, and printmaking, providing residents the opportunity to create their own work, as well as work collaboratively with others. The level of resident interest and appreciation was high and the program provided valuable feedback on ways to develop programming for adults living in vulnerable situations. The transformative impact of the arts is one that all people should be able to experience.

Path with Art will be putting together a book of images from the lot (by October 1), and will provide a public, formal report in September.

We Are All Here: Recent Path with Art students share artwork of creativity and inspiration at Seattle City Hall exhibition

May 3 – July 5, 2016
Seattle City Hall 

SEATTLE (May 9, 2016) — Path with Art, a local nonprofit, transforms the lives of people recovering from homelessness, addiction, and other trauma by harnessing the power of creative engagement as a bridge to community and a path to stability. We Are All Here is collaborative exhibition featuring 64 artworks ranging from photography, collages, prints, and paintings all completed by Path with Art students. The exhibition is on view at City Hall May 3 through July 5, 2016.

Artwork in the exhibition was created in the “i am” series, and provides Path with Art students the opportunity to celebrate their creativity. The stories told within this exhibition were inspired by the artists experience with mental illness, poverty, and substance abuse.

“Art transcends all cultures with its ability to capture the enormity and breadth of the human spirit,” Yonnas Getahun, curator of We Are All Here. “When we engage with art, we reflect our own humanity as well as the humanity of others. We see through different eyes. The role of the artist and the arts, therefore, is paramount. This exhibition, We Are All Here, invites us to observe, celebrate and engage the distinct choices made by these artists.” Getahun is an artist, writer and curator who calls Seattle home.

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. Path with Art believes 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.

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. 

For a full list of all Office of Arts & Culture galleries, visit:  http://www.seattle.gov/arts/experience/galleries

Image: Artist Name: Jessie Pedro. Title: Untitled. Year Made: 2014. Medium: Printmaking and collage

 

 

Celebrate summer with a sing along and a poetry reading with Path with Art

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Path with Art and Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) and Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) are celebrating the end of summer in the park with the Path with Art Singers and a poetry reading! Path with Art offers programming to people recovering from homelessness, addiction, and other trauma, using creative engagement as a bridge to community and a path to stability.

Art Speaks: Sing Along with the Path with Art Singers
Occidental Square117 S.Washington St.
Wednesday, September 9, 12 – 1 p.m.

Path with Art Singers will be leading the audience in a sing along of “classic” songs. Come and learn songs together.

Art Speaks: Path with Art Poetry Reading
Occidental Square117 S Washington St.
Wednesday, September 16, 12 – 1 p.m.

The last special event of Art Speaks will feature powerful and compelling works created by students in Path with Art’s summer term.

Path with Art presents workshops and performances in Occidental Square this summer

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Path with Art and Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) and Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) will bring free art classes and pop-up performances to Occidental Square this summer as part of the Urban Parks Activation Partnership pilot program.

Using art as a vehicle to bring diverse audiences together, this partnership explores the transformative power of creative engagement. Through drawing, poetry, theater and song, participants will work collaboratively, sharing their humanity and transforming their daily experience. The general public, ages 18 and up, are encouraged to register for classes online at DowntownSeattleParks.com. Path with Art transforms the lives of people recovering from homelessness, addiction, and other trauma by harnessing the power of creative engagement as a bridge to community and a path to stability.

In addition to workshops and performances presented by Path with Art, DSA/MID will also be programing concerts in the parks as part of the Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series and providing additional amenities and activities in Occidental Square.

Workshops:

The Poet’s Notebook
Occidental Square, 117 S. Washington St.
Mondays, July 27 – September 14 from 4 – 6 p.m. (no class on Labor Day)

One of the poet’s closest companions is her notebook. Thousands upon thousands of thoughts run through our minds every day— stopping to trap a few on the page can lead to some very interesting discoveries. In this class, participants will learn how to integrate a notebook into their poetic process. Participants will be writing new poems every week using the material they gather while notebooking in-between sessions. Presented by teaching artist Quenton Baker.

Summer Sketchbook
Occidental Square, 117 S. Washington St.
Tuesdays, July 28 – September 15 from 4 – 6 p.m.

In this class, participants will learn how to make a simple sketchbook a consistent foundation for their art practice, whatever that is or becomes. Each week participants will do an exercise in class that they will then practice on their own between classes. Exercises will demonstrate a variety of subjects, mediums, and sources of inspiration. Guest artists will bring in their own sketchbooks to demonstrate how versatile and individual sketchbooks are. Presented by teaching artist Pamm Hanson.

Performances:

Path with Art Singers Performance
Occidental Square, 117 S. Washington St.
Wednesday, September 9, 12 – 1 p.m.
Path with Art student performance.

Path with Art Poetry Reading
Occidental Square, 117 S Washington St.
Wednesday, September 16, 12 – 1 p.m.
Path with Art student performance.

About Path with Art

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. 

About the Downtown Seattle Association: Established in 1958, the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) is a member-based non-profit organization that champions a healthy, vibrant urban core. By advocating on behalf of business, non-profit, arts and residential interests throughout Downtown Seattle, DSA ensures that Downtown is a world-class place to live, work, shop and visit. 

About the Metropolitan Improvement District: The Metropolitan Improvement District is a service district which provides streetscape cleaning, human services outreach, hospitality and public safety services, marketing to increase pedestrian traffic, advocacy for transportation solutions, as well as research and market analysis for businesses interested in locating Downtown. Founded by the Downtown Seattle Association in 1999, the MID is financed through an assessment on Downtown commercial and residential property owners across 285-square-blocks in Downtown Seattle.