Poverty & The Arts

Located in East Nashville, Poverty and the Arts (POVA) is a social enterprise nonprofit that equips people impacted by homelessness with the creative resources, training, and marketplace to overcome barriers to employment and income by leveraging their creative talent. The POVA Artist Collective provides a professional art studio setting, artist grade supplies, artistic and business workshops, and gallery exhibition and representation to artists impacted by homelessness in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, leather, fiber arts, mixed media, sewing, printmaking, and more so they can have the opportunity to create and sell their work. The program is further enriched by trips to museums, galleries, and artists’ studios. POVA artists develop a working portfolio and exhibit and sell works in the POVA Gallery as well as venues across the city.