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Art Verve Academy

Learn, Create, and Cultivate the Visual Arts!


A Very Special THANKS to our sponsors, contributors & volunteers, who enhance, donate or help make the Art Verve experience happen! We appreciate your dedication and consisent support to make our community thrive and to make Tucson one of the top arts & cultural destination within souther Arizona!


There are plenty of ways to pursue a career in the Visual Arts, as an artist, illustrator or art instructor. However, scholarships aren't just for universities anymore, in fact, they really haven't been for quite some time. You might be surprised to learn that scholarships are available to learners, who plan to pursue a career that may need certain specialized skills in the Visual Arts or in a "vocational" area outside of a community college or university.

Linda Kay Capps-Olsen Scholarship

In loving memory of Linda, the Art Verve Academy offers an adult art workshop scholarship based on financial need or merit to help those students, who are eligiable, improve their Visual Art skills or to continue their education.

100% of your contributions will benefit the Linda Kay Capps-Olsen Scholarship fund.

"Luna Moth," oil on canvas, painted by Linda Olsen in 1978.

Linda Kay Capps-Olsen was known for her fine art skills in oil painting, musical talents, playing both the piano and accordion, good humor, and strong religious faith. She was also a well established phenomenal portrait painter and representational artist. She spent a lot of time teaching others how to draw, paint, make art or be creative. She taught visual art classes to adults, teenagers via Shelby county public school and also served as a caregiver for the elderly.

Linda with her two daughters in 1975.

Linda Olsen leaves an artistic legacy that will be honored by her two children, Christy Olsen of Tucson, Arizona and Cindy Manolopolous of Knoxville, Tennessee as well as her granddaughter Taylor Brooke Finnegan.

As a small business, it is important for us to give back to the community. Scholarship applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year, and are awarded based on availability. Contact us for more details or see the application form for restrictions.


A Very Special THANKS to the following contributors of the Linda Kay Capps Olsen scholarship.

  • Carrie Mook Bridgman of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Laura Krug of Memphis, Tennessee
  • Amy Magnon of Tucson, Arizona
  • Nancy McKay of Tucson, Arizona
  • Rebecca Miller of Tucson, Arizona
  • Pam Murphy of Tucson, Arizona
  • Carl Olsen of Memphis, Tennessee
  • Christy Olsen of Tucson, Arizona
  • Trish Patterson-Haak of Blacksburg, Virgina
  • Albis Samonides of Memphis, Tennessee

​We appreciate you consistent dedication and support by helping others learn, create and cultivate the Visual Arts!