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Art Verve Academy

Learn, Create & Cultivate!

Our Story

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

Conveniently located at 1st and Grant with a large open space spanning 1,832 square feet, this building was perfect for studio art classes, workshops or events.

Although a generous and valuable gift, the Tucson Pastel Society would call upon the aid of the surrounding community to help raise funds in order to renovate the building and bring it up to city code.

In addition, the building also required ongoing monthly utility fees and needed labor resources for maintenance and to assist with renovations. 

In the spring of 2016, a small group of independent artists started renting the Tuscon Pastel Society building and teaching classes to help support the upkeep of their new location.

Those classes were so well received and successful that students requested they teach more! Instructors pooled their equipment, incorporated and formed the Art Verve Academy.

This privately owned small service oriented business now operates as a member-managed LLC. 

Founders (Left to Right):
Christy Olsen, Meredith Milstead & Linda Chappel