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Poverty and the Arts moves to East Nashville, continues their mission to help the homeless

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Posted at 8:32 AM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 09:40:42-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Some non-profits focus on the body, Poverty And The Arts works on the soul. Now, the organization has a new home in East Nashville on Dickerson Pike.

POVA's old location in the Wedgewood Houston area was good for about three years, but they've since outgrown the space that left much to be desired.

"We didn't have AC or heat," said founder Nicole Brandt Minyard.

Now they have both. They even have a gallery to display work and a studio.

"We provide a professional art studio, art supplies, workshop training, and a marketplace for individuals impacted by homelessness to sell their creative work," she said.

Artists like Ama Tullah Hassan say for years life got in the way of her art.

"I didn't paint for 20 years," she said,

Now, she's a featured artist and says she's just getting started.

"Poverty And The Arts" has sold more than $50,000 of artwork and have paid-out $25,000 in artists' payments to people experiencing homelessness on the streets of Nashville.