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Studio and Gallery

Our Poverty and the Arts (POVA) Studio & Gallery is located in the historic Cleveland Park neighborhood in East Nashville. Not only is the space the venue for which our artists impacted homelessness can display and sell their artwork, but our studio also serves as a place of our artists to foster their creativity, learn new skills, and form meaningful community relationships. The POVA Artist Collective provides our artists the opportunity to create and sell artwork by offering them studio space, artist grade art supplies, artistic and business workshops, and gallery exhibition and representation.


Our Artist Collective program provides a professional art studio setting for artists impacted by homelessness in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, leather, fiber arts, mixed media, sewing, printmaking, and more. Artists have access to two desktop computers with graphic design, photo editing, and video software, as well as a hi-res camera with two lenses courtesy of the Frist Foundation technology grant. In the studio, artists can utilize a sewing machine, a miter saw and matboard cutter, personal storage bins and mailboxes, a resource board, coffee and snacks, and more. 

Clinecasso painting on a table easel in the studioGroup of POVA artists in studio creating with door open on sunny dayGwen and Miss B looking through jewelry supplies in studio


The POVA Gallery provides the artists in our Collective an opportunity to exhibit and sell their works, as well as interact with customers and supporters in the community. Our artists earn 60% commission on original artwork and 25% commission on prints and merchandise with their design. The gallery opens with a new group exhibition from 6-8pm the second Saturday of every month during the East Side Art Stumble. Our gallery and storefront is open for purchasing original artwork and merchandise during our open hours which can be found HERE.  

Ben talking to art stumble attendees about his work in galleryFull gallery space during East Side Art StumbleSupporters viewing POVA artwork in gallery

1207 Dickerson Pike
Nashville, TN 37207

Finished works are also displayed in businesses and personal collections across the city. Check out our past and ongoing exhibitions HERE.


January 11-February 7, 2020 | Group show 
East Side Art Stumble logo

The Second Saturday East Side Art Stumble (ESAS) is a monthly event produced through the partnership of galleries, businesses and artists to bring people to East Nashville and showcase the neighborhood’s remarkable pool of creative talent. ESAS is the second Saturday of each month rain or shine. The galleries, businesses, and studios stretch across the neighborhoods of East Nashville and Inglewood. The Art Stumble is a great way to meet local artists, buy and support their work, and be part of the art scene in East Nashville.


February 8, 2020 | 6PM-8PM

Join us on February 8 at our Studio & Gallery for the next Second Saturday February East Side Art Stumble at POVA. This is a great opportunity to shop for friends and loved ones, while meeting and making an impact in the lives of individuals impacted homelessness. 


Each month before our Second Saturday Art Stumble at our Studio & Gallery in East Nashville, POVA is looking for individuals or groups to provide and share a much needed meal to our artists before the Art Stumble begins. Organize a group from church, grab your friends, or invite your family to attend and help meet our artists’ critical physical and emotional needs while sharing the meal. This is a perfect opportunity to make an impact and spend time with those you love. After the meal, stop in our gallery to see the latest group exhibition by the artists in our Collective. Email for more details.

Ben with members from St. George's Epsicopal Church during Art Stumble mealLightning 100 Potluck and Meal with POVA ArtistsPOVA artists getting food at St. George's Epsicopal Church's Taco Bar