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