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Who We Are

Poverty & the Arts (PovA) is a Nashville-based nonprofit that creates sustainable change for individuals experiencing and transitioning out of homelessness through creative outlets and community support. Our PovA artists are able to not only generate income and gain valuable professional development skills through our Artist Collective program, but they also find a place that nourishes the soul, builds their confidence, and reignites their dreams. Our volunteer positions are unique opportunities to meet, create, and build meaningful relationships with people who have experienced homelessness.


What We Do

Artist Collective

Our Artist Collective is comprised of homeless and formerly homeless creatives (PovA artists) that are pursuing art and creativity as a means to make real, sustainable change in their lives. Through our Artist Collective program, PovA artists have access to studio space, art supplies, professional development workshops, and opportunities to sell and exhibit original artwork and prints. Our PovA artists are not only able to generate income and gain valuable professional development skills through the program, but they also build a community of people off the streets, which is critical in breaking the cycle of homelessness.

Community Arts Day

The goal of every community arts day is to give our community a chance to come together and create with individuals in our community who are experiencing homelessness. We utilize visual art, music, creative writing, and improvisational theatre in an effort to provide different contexts for volunteers to interact with our Nashville homeless community (PovA creatives). Our participating PovA creatives are not only given a day to experiment and enjoy different arts, but they have an opportunity to share their story and relate/talk/laugh with people outside of their socio-economic class.