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.