Through an extremely generous donation, Poverty & the Arts was able to purchase its own 2015 Kia Sedona van this year! This van provides us the opportunity to transport both our artists and their artwork to and from events and exhibitions around town. We also get to use it to pick up large art and office supply donations! All of these things allow us to grow and provide better opportunities for our artists overcoming homelessness to become successful.

12 Days of Christmas


From Dec 8-Dec 19, we’re going to be spotlighting a different artist overcoming homelessness in our Artist Collective. We’ll be sharing their artwork and merchandise you can buy, their dreams/goals, as well as ways to make a direct impact in their life. Sign up for our daily feature via email or follow along with us on Instagram or Facebook this week!


Day 1 – Meet Beth12-days-of-xmas-artist-photos

““When I started doing visual art, I started seeing the world for the first time instead of feeling like I was being watched or that everyone was looking at me. I’m a human sex trafficking survivor and a domestic violence survivor. Something heinous happened to me in 2013. Right now I’m working on this rag doll, which is giving me perspective on objectification, especially of women. This doll helps me to remember my body and myself as alive.”

Read more about Beth HERE.


Day 2 – Meet Gwen

“With the money I make through selling art, I would like to get something for the children I come in contact with on a daily basis. I am not able to really take care of every single child I see, but I will let God lead me to those I can be some help to. I know that art is God’s way of using me so maybe I can give the a picture.”

Read more about Gwen HERE.


12-days-of-xmas-artist-photos-2Day 3 – Meet David

“Being a part of this community makes me feel like I finally fit in somewhere. It’s as if I’m actually wanted, instead of just existing. Some people even look up to me now, as a friend and as a leader.”

“One of my goals is to help men and women in similar struggles have a stable environment in which they can move on to a better live themselves. I believe Poverty & the Arts is a good starting point.”

Read more about David HERE.

12-days-of-xmas-artist-photos-3Day 4 – Meet Luar

“I paint what can’t be seen with the eyes, but with a spiritual vision. When it looks as if I had not painted that, then I am manifesting the will of the beyond. We are all artists, creating is part of being human. We all express ourselves in many different ways.  I have always shown a curiosity towards the new, the un-manifested and the mysterious. I remember being between 5-8 yrs. old and talking to God, to the sun and to the ocean as my friends when I did not know whether this was right, wrong or odd.  This was real. More real than anything I can talk about today.  I try to shed the social clothes placed on me when creating. The work I produce is a by-product along a journey following my heart in a constant present.”

Read more about Luar HERE.


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Gardening Donate Days

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 1.26.19 PMWe’re creating an ART GARDEN at our Studio + Gallery this Spring and we need your help! During our studio hours on Friday March 18 through Sunday March 20, we are asking the community to donate creative items that we can plant in. We would also love donations of basic gardening supplies or tools that our artists could use.

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Stay tuned for more info on our upcoming Gardening Work Day!


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February First Saturday Art Crawl

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Join us on Saturday, February 6 from 6-9pm for our monthly First Saturday Art Crawl. We will be exhibiting our artists’ Favorite Selected Works. In addition to the original artwork, we will have a variety of merchandise for sale. Our artists receive percentages when they sell original artwork and/or merchandise with their design.




Our Poverty & the Arts (PovA) Studio + Gallery is located in the up-and-coming arts district of Wedgewood-Houston in Nashville, TN, and is the venue for which our artists experiencing homelessness can display and sell their artwork. Our PovA artists earn 60% of original artwork and 25% of prints and merchandise. Our artists are provided art supplies, studio space, professional development workshops, and community networking opportunities. Check us out on the WE-HO Art Crawl map.

The gallery opens the first Saturday of every month during the Wegdewood-Houston Art Crawl with a new exhibition. The gallery + storefront is open for purchasing original artwork and merchandise during any OPEN STUDIO HOURS which can be found online.

1114-A 3rd Ave S
Nashville, TN 37210


Rent Holiday Artwork

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Having a holiday party or special event? Rent artwork by our PovA artists to decorate the event and then offer your attendees the opportunity to purchase the work.


Rental fee: 20% of the price of the art piece
Deposit: $300 under 10 pieces and $500 if renting over 10 pieces
*fully refundable if artwork is returned with no damages


Email nicole@povertyandthearts.org if interested in learning more.

Cyber Monday 2015

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Purchase any original art piece from our online Artist Marketplace on November 30, 2015 CST and 100% of the profits will go to the artist who created it.

Check out the artwork available on the online Artist Marketplace HERE.

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Purchasing original artwork by our artists provides an opportunity for our PovA artists to earn income throughout the holiday season. They buy bus passes, cell phone minutes, winter shoes, and even their own Christmas gifts for their loved ones. We’ll have original art starting at $35! PS: Purchasing jewelry by Brenda Jo Rodgers Jewelry Designs online counts too!