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Nicole Brandt – Founder, Executive Director

Nicole Brandt is the Founder and Executive Director of Poverty & the Arts. She is an entrepreneur, advocate, animal-lover, and social artist. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Belmont University in May 2014 . In Fall 2011, She started the programs of Poverty & the Arts in through an on-campus job in Belmont’s Department of Service-Learning. As a Junior, in Spring 2013, she began the process to file for 501(c)3 status. Her senior year of college, Nicole interned at the Arts and Business Council and under the art therapist at Room in the Inn. Nicole started working with the homeless her senior year of high school in 2009, beginning in Louisville, Kentucky. She has always been inspired by the hearts of the homeless and hopes to find ways to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor. When she’s not dreaming and planning for Poverty & the Arts, Nicole likes traveling, Indian food, going on adventures with her fiancé Josh and their rescue dog Max, and listening to the stories in her community.

micahphotoMicah James – Studio & Gallery Manager

Micah James is the volunteer Studio & Gallery Manager at Poverty & the Arts. She grew up in Franklin, TN and is now a happy East Nashville resident.  She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Liberal Arts degree concentrating on Art Education and Studio Art alongside a minor in Agriculture.  She originally planned on seeking employment within an art museum or gallery space, but when she discovered the wonderful impact organizations such as Poverty & the Arts can have on the city her aspirations shifted to community based art programs.  In her free time Micah loves reading, gardening, exploring Nashville’s ever-growing food scene, and, of course, making art.



IMG_9883.jpegCarolina Smith, Writing Intern

Carolina is the Writing Intern at Poverty & the Arts. She grew up in Statesville, North Carolina and has been in Nashville since 2014.  She is a senior at Belmont University studying Social Work with a minor in English Writing. She is passionate about having an impact on issues related to poverty and homelessness and is thankful to be able to learn new ways to do so through her work at Poverty & the Arts. Between work, school, and interning, Carolina can usually be found laughing with friends around a fire, listening to good music, sipping on coffee at Portland Brew, finding new treasures at a thrift store, or reading in a hammock at Sevier Park.

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