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Solving homelessness is a community effort, and we hope to compliment the organizations providing services to our homeless population in Nashville. Our goal is to provide environments of success for individuals experiencing homelessness so that they can take advantage of the services being offered and make sustainable change in their lives. We’ve seen firsthand that environment drives behavior. Living in an environment of chaos, fear, loneliness, anger, and/or addiction is going to drive continual negative behaviors.

Poverty & the Arts goal is to offer an environment where individuals experiencing homelessness can thrive by engaging in creative outlets and building security nets in the creative community. Through our offered arts programming, individuals experiencing homelessness are able to develop confidence and determination, income-generating opportunities, and job preparation skills. The programs are also designed to give volunteers a chance to interact directly with our PovA artists in an effort to encourage meaningful conversations and build genuine relationships that are critical in breaking the cycle of homelessness.

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