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Art Verve Academy

Learn, Create, & Cultivate the Visual Arts!

Our Story

In the summer of 2015, a local art organization received an unexpected donation. After providing a dance hall and community location for seniors every Saturday night since 1972, the non-profit organization, "Singles & Friends," donated their entire building to the Tucson Pastel Society (TPS), an existing 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Conveniently located at 1st and Grant with a large open space spanning 1,832 square feet, the building was perfect for Visual Art studio practice, classes or workshops. After receiving this generous donation, TPS would call upon the aid of the surrounding arts community to help raise funds to renovate their building, bring it up to city code, and transform it into an Art Center.

Six months later in the spring of 2016, a small group of independent artists began helping TPS sustain it's facility operations and monthly maintenance costs by renting the building to teach art classes. Those classes were well received by students, who requested that they offer more and the Art Verve Academy, a small private local service oriented business was born. Our mobile visual arts school continues to support the vibrant arts community, the local economy, & other art organizations around Tucson, Arizona.

The Tucson Pastel Society Art Center

TPS Art Center