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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 donated a building, fit for a dance hall to the Tucson Pastel Society (TPS).

Conveniently located at 1st and Grant with a large open space spanning 1,832 square feet, this building was perfect for studio art classes and workshops. Although a generous and valuable gift, the Tucson Pastel Society would call upon the aid of the surrounding community to help raise the funds needed to make building comply with city code.

In the spring of 2016, a small group of independent artists began teaching art classes and renting from Tuscon Pastel Society to help this 501(c)(3) non-profit financially renovate their building and bring it up to city code.

Those classes were well received. Students requested that they teach more and the Art Verve Academy was born.

Our mobile art school now supports the vibrant arts community, the local economy, & other art organizations by teaching sketching, drawing or painting classes in rented spaces around Tucson, Arizona.