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Seattle Union Gospel Mission

Art supplies and paper can offer an avenue to healing for those recovering from addiction or homelessness. Seattle's Union Gospel Mission Art From the Streets program has not only proven therapeutic, it has also helped to build bridges between residents of the homeless shelter and the Pioneer Square community.

With an award from the smART ventures program, the shelter began offering weekly art sessions for its guests, which led to the mission's participation in Pioneer Square's First Thursday art walk.

"[Art From the Streets] has produced a hopefulness that was not there before," said the mission's Knox Burnett. "Suddenly we are a place where artistic expression and humanity are encouraged."