About Artist Collective
The Poverty & the Arts Artist Collective program provides opportunities for our artists overcoming homelessness to utilize the provided art supplies and studio space to earn income by selling artwork and merchandise. Artists in the program gain artistic, professional, and entrepreneurial skills through related workshops and hands-on training, as well as gain confidence and develop social skills by building community relationships with volunteers, customers, and community partners. Artists overcoming homelessness are accepted on a year-round basis and fill out an Artist Application in order to apply. After being accepted into the program, artists sign an Art Sales Contract and an Artist Handbook. After all appropriate agreements have been signed, artists may begin creating, exhibiting, and selling artwork in the studio + gallery, at events around town, and on our online Artist Marketplace. Artists are expected to attend studio hours (each with personalized goals) and are provided the supplies to hone and explore a variety of artistic mediums (from painting to fiber arts to jewelry-making). Through their engagement in the Artist Collective program, artists earn income and gain professional and social skills that increase their housing stability and provide them access to employment with higher wages.