Poverty & the Arts
Turnip Green Creative Reuse, 535 4th Ave. South Nashville, TN 37210
It’s amazing when you start a project how things begin to find their way into your life and suddenly it feels like you’re in harmony with the universe. This week is one of those businesses I’m glad came across my lap. Nicole Brandt, Founder and Executive Director of Poverty & the Arts, a non-profit organization in Nashville, Tennessee, has had a humbling and amazing history helping the less fortunate. She grew up under the impression and stereotype that homelessness meant the individuals were lazy, worthless, and (probably all) drug addicts that didn’t deserve the money of the government or its people. Nicole learned that the individuals she fell in love with were not lazy or worthless. In fact, they were creative and resourceful–but victims in the systematic and structural systems of oppression: poverty, racism, and mental illness.
Poverty & the Arts works closely with a few homeless artists recommended by the staff of the many homeless organizations in Nashville and use a sponsorship program to provide resources for their artists to begin to generate income through creating and selling artwork.
Another fine example of how the arts can bring communities closer. Enjoy the drawing, support Poverty & the Arts and spread the word! ☺
From Poverty & the Arts:
Poverty & the Arts cultivates community relationships and empowers homeless individuals through the arts.
Our goal is to empower homeless individuals as artists and creatives by helping them generate income, meaning, and purpose in life. We also use the arts to promote relationships and space for volunteers to view homeless as talented and creative individuals, thus creating better advocates and more compassionate community members.
Using the transformative power of the arts, Poverty & the Arts strives to create authentic relationships that empower the homeless and enrich our community.