I live in low-income senior and disabled housing in Belltown. I, as well as some of my Belltown neighbors from other low-income, homeless or recovery programs participate in the award winning Path With Art programs. PWA is dedicated to bringing and supporting the creative process for diversely disadvantaged people.
“Despite having case managers with the best intentions, and other community health resources, many of our students don’t have great opportunities to get out and share their humanity with others and have that reciprocated,” says Adam Doody, Program Director for Path With Art. “PWA provides that. The value that injects into somebody’s life is truly profound.”
As a student with PWA I can say the classes I’ve participated in: Photography, Poetry and Performance, Singing and Short Story Writing, have given me new pride in my identity.
More info on the Award and a video about PWA can be found at Path with Art: Mayor’s Arts Award 2014 – http://youtu.be/gZ_8ArF_qnc
Path with Art transforms the lives of adults in recovery from homelessness, addiction and other trauma by providing opportunities for in-depth arts engagement and positive community connection. Since 2007, Path with Art has helped students find their voice through the power of artistic expression. Today, the organization partners with 28 social service partners such as Plymouth Housing Group, Recovery Café, and Harborview Medical Center to offer 30 eight-week studio art classes taught by professional teaching artists across 18 disciplines. Through its Access Art program, Path with Art collaborates with leading arts organizations, to connect participants to arts and cultural events throughout the city. Quarterly art exhibitions and showcases invite the broader community to engage with students through their art and individual stories, fostering a dialogue about the issues surrounding homelessness and recovery, seeing individuals beyond the lens of statistics.
Please join us for the free Fall Art Exhibit, Friday, Nov 14th 5-8pm at Haddon Pop Up Gallery 1919 3rd Ave. Be part of the Belltown Art Walk!