Our Artist Collective program equips people impacted by homelessness with the artistic resources, training, and marketplace to gain financial independence and overcome barriers to employment by leveraging their creative talent to earn meaningful and legal income.
Our Artist Collective provides a professional art studio, specialty art supplies, artistic and business workshops, gallery exhibition opportunities, and a platform to create and sell their work. Art forms offered at POVA currently include: drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, leather, fiber arts, mixed media, sewing, printmaking. The program is further enriched by trips to museums, galleries, and artists’ studios. POVA artists develop a working portfolio and works can be found in the POVA Gallery, as well as venues and personal collections locally and internationally.
POVA artists earn 60% commission on original artwork sales and 25% on reproductions of their designs. POVA reinvests its earned income back into the organization to continue to provide art supplies, studio space, developmental workshops, field trips, and exhibition opportunities to the artists, establishing a sustainable social enterprise model.
Through engagement in the Artist Collective program, POVA artists increase their artistic and job skills, produce marketable art, gain exposure to career opportunities in the arts, publicly display and receive recognition for their art, and earn creative income granting them increased independence.
Art is a way for our artists to find beauty in the midst of their daily struggles. Art also facilitates a space for our community members to build meaningful experiences with individuals impacted by homelessness and see them as a creative and talented part of our community.