By purchasing original artwork and merchandise by our artists overcoming homelessness, customers offer our artists an opportunity to earn income through his/her creative skills. Many individuals experiencing homelessness struggle with maintaining traditional 40-hour/week jobs due to criminal history, physical disability, and/or mental illness. By offering the artists in our Artist Collective program an opportunity to earn supplemental income through their creative skills, they’re granted greater autonomy in their day-to-day lives and can take control over basics like where they eat, how they get around, and who they hang out with.
Artists earn 60% of original artwork sales and 25% of merchandise sales with their designs. POVA reinvests its earned income back into the organization to continue to provide art supplies, space, and exhibition opportunities to the artists.
By attending events or teaching workshops, visitors and volunteers provide our artists an opportunity to gain negotiation and communication skills, as well as artistic and business skills. Whether you’ve purchased two pieces from an artist and negotiated a new deal or signed up to teach a workshop, volunteers and customers are pivotal in helping our artists foster new and old professional skills.
By purchasing artwork and attending events or volunteering in an environment where you can talk to our artists, customers and volunteers can provide our artists with the needed perspective, encouragement, and confidence they need to overcome their personal circumstances. By cultivating an environment that supports our artists’ critical emotional needs, our artists are able to continue to choose success for themselves in the midst of constant struggle and threatened well-being.