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Poverty & the Arts Intern Summer 2014

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Julia Namm is a rising senior at Northwestern University where she is on the Acting track in the Theatre program and double majors in Psychology. She is so excited to be spending her summer with Poverty & the Arts as a Northwestern fellow. Julia is a community outreach specialist helping theaters looking to further their civic engagement and philanthropic impacts. She spent the last two years working with Chicago theaters gaining insight into this specialty. She is delighted to have the opportunity to bring this knowledge to Nashville and specifically to Poverty & the Arts where she hopes to expand the Theatre branch of this organization.


Support a local artist AND support Poverty & the Arts

Today is the opening of Beth Inglish‘s “My Story” art exhibit at The Frothy Monkey in Downtown Franklin. The exhibit will run throughout July. We are so honored to partner with such a talented artist. Go check out Beth’s work. A percentage of her proceeds will benefit Poverty & the Arts’ Adopt a Homeless Artist program.

In one trip you can grab a cup of coffee, buy a piece of art, and help a homeless artist!


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Nashville Creative Group June Meet Up Music & Art Co-Creation




On June 9th from 6-8pm, the Nashville Creative Group is hosting a co-creating day with music + art to inspire creativity through a process of listening, painting, feeling and seeing to engage in our sense to play. We plan on bringing a few of our artists from our Adopt a Homeless Artist program! Come check it out! MORE INFO.

The Details:

Bring your guitar, bring your drum, bring your voice. We will be hosting a freestyle jam session that welcomes anyone to join in creating that classic Nashville music experience.

While the music is playing, the painters will be painting. BYOB (Bring Your Own Brush) and let’s create by painting the music in a series of steps that will ultimately create a large collaborative art installation piece for the group to exhibit.

Don’t want to paint or play? That’s OK! Just come to watch, network and experience artists stepping into their creative space.

A Special Thanks to…

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Jerry’s Artarama has generously donated all the canvas and paints to help the group get their work and name out there through this unique creating experience. Please feel free to thank them by visiting their WEBSITE, liking their FACEBOOK page, or following them on TWITTER and using the official hashtag #creativenash.

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Poverty and the Arts Seeks Sponsors for New Program

For Immediate Release

Poverty and the Arts Seeks Sponsors for New Program

Poverty and the Arts is seeking sponsors for its new “Adopt a Homeless Artist” program which will allow the homeless to earn income by creating artwork.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 7, 2014) – Poverty and the Arts announced today that it is launching an “Adopt a Homeless Artist” program to give the homeless opportunities to live better lives by generating income from creating artwork. Individuals, organizations or businesses can sponsor a homeless participant by donating $200, which will cover the costs of art supplies, exhibition fees and professional development.

Those who are interested in sponsoring a homeless artist need to apply by filling out an online form and selecting a payment plan. Once the application is processed, Poverty and Arts will send the sponsor a picture and biography of the artist they are paired with.

The program will start in June and end with the annual gala in September, where the artist’s work will be exhibited and auctioned off. If the artist is available, sponsors will have the opportunity to meet with them at the gala.

“We want our artists’ success to be sustainable, so we provide the opportunity for our artists to learn about budgeting, marketing and incorporating as an artist,” said Nicole Brandt, founder of Poverty and the Arts.


For additional information about the news of this release, contact Nicole Brandt or visit


About Poverty and the Arts

Poverty and the Arts strives to break down class lines and empower the homeless community through the arts. Volunteers interact directly with homeless participants as an effort to encourage meaningful conversations and build real relationships. The organization hosts bi-annual community art days which allows the homeless to express themselves through visual art, writing, theatre or music. The visual artwork that is created is displayed later at a showcase. If you would like to volunteer or find out more information about Poverty and the Arts, visit



Nicole Brandt, Founder/Executive Director

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Poverty & the Arts Spring Showcase

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Poverty & the Arts is excited to announce its spring showcase for Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 2-4pm. Our hosting partner is Kaleidoscope, a community center for the arts (3107 Gallatin Pike Nashville, TN 37206). We will be exhibiting work from our past spring community arts day. This will include collaborative visual art, videos of music, creative writing pieces, and photos of our theatre group. Come check out the work all of our talented volunteers and homeless participants!


Spring Community Arts Day

CommunityArtsDayLogoNICOLE2On March 15th, 2014, Poverty & the Arts will host another bi-annual community arts day, partnering with Room in the Inn. We are looking for volunteer visual artists, musicians, poets/writers, and actors.

Visual Artists: Come prepared to create a collaborative art piece with our wonderful homeless artists.

Musicians: Our music section is set up in the form of a “jam session”. While Room in the Inn provides some instruments for our homeless participants, please bring your own instrument. However, we will have a keyboard in the space for anyone to play on.

Writers/Poets: Work with our homeless writers on some of their writing and poetry. Brainstorm ideas for poems, write, and the workshop each other’s work.

Actors: For the first time ever, Poverty & the Arts is launching Theatre into our community arts days. Our actor volunteers will lead our homeless participants in different improv games.

To volunteer and use your artistic talent in a unique way, sign up today to participate in our spring community arts day!