The Poverty & the Arts (POVA) Artist Collective is a social enterprise nonprofit that provides supplies, studio space, training, and a marketplace for artists overcoming homelessness to create and sell artwork, as well as gain valuable entrepreneurial and social skills which helps them earn creative income, access higher-waged employment, increase their housing stability, and build the necessary security nets to remain out of homelessness.

Step 1: Fill out an Artist Application, available online and at the POVA Studio.

Step 2: After completing and submitting the Artist Application to the Executive Director, artists will be contacted to attend an interview, sign the necessary sales contract and Artist Handbook, and receive a headshot and bio.


Artist Collective Perks

Open Studio Hours: Artists have access to our studio space and supplies during open studio hours. The main studio area has a variety of arts supplies, a sewing machine, an acoustic and electric guitar, a record player, assigned artist bins and mailboxes, a hot/cold water dispenser, a coffee pot, and a refrigerator. Our location also includes a community kitchen space, a garden, two galleries and a bathroom.

Headshots and Bio: All artists will receive a headshot and Artist Bio after signing contracts. Artists will receive Artist Bio Cards and Business cards that will be distributed when original works and merchandise are sold

Exhibiting: Artists have the opportunity to exhibit and sell works in our gallery space during the Wedgewood-Houston Art Crawl, online, and at events, businesses, and galleries across town. Past exhibition opportunities include the Frist Center for the Arts, Watkins College of Art Gallery, Nashville International Airport, The Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaurant, Phat Bites Deli, Woven Women’s Conference at Brentwood United Methodist Church, St. George’s Episcopal Church Outreach Fair, HCA Alternative Gift Market, Madison Branch Public Library, Renasant Bank, Lightning 100’s Spring Block Party, Musician’s Corner, Tomato Arts Fest, Firefly Artisan Fair, and more!

Professional Development: In addition to business cards, artists are provided opportunities to learn about pricing, branding, budgeting, negotiating, and more. POVA also sponsors artists’ participation in workshops and relevant certificate programs in Nashville. 


Why Become a POVA Artist?

Each POVA artist is given the opportunity to generate income through the sale of their artwork and merchandise, as well as gain professional development and entrepreneurial skills to help achieve their personal and financial goals. POVA artists are provided art supplies, studio space, exhibition opportunities, frames, and more. POVA artists earn 60% of any sold original artwork and 25% of prints and merchandise. POVA artists use the money they earn from selling artwork to buy bus passes, cell phone minutes, winter shoes, cleaning supplies, art supplies, and more.

To join, submit an application by dropping it off at our studio during open hours or emailing it to

Telling An Artist About Us?


Our studio address is 1114 3rd Ave South Nashville, TN 37210. If the artist is taking the MTA bus, it’s Bus #4 from downtown. The artist will get off at Mildred Shutes (South of downtown past the 440  interstate and across from the Nashville Cemetery) and walk a block to 3rd Ave. If you or the artist has any questions, please email our Executive Director, Nicole for more information. Help connect artists to our unique program by directing them to our website or sending them to our studio during our open hours.