#WomenDoingWell Leading Lady Feature: Liz Powers Is Changing The Way We Invest In Art

Maybe her surname is a coincidence, but after speaking with Liz Powers, it was clear that she much resembles that of a modern day, resident Wonder Woman. She credits her success to two women-her mother and grandmother-for her inherent perseverance and ‘can-do’ attitude. Combine her commitment to help others with the artistic talent of individuals in need of a helping hand, and the result is ArtLifting.

ArtLifting founder Liz Powers with Boston artist Danita Clark

ArtLifting founder Liz Powers with Boston artist Danita Clark

WHAT IS ARTLIFTING?

ArtLifting is a Boston-based organization that empowers homeless, disabled, and other disadvantaged individuals through the celebration and sale of their artwork. Founded by Liz in December 2013, the company has grown to work with art groups in major cities including Boston, New York, Los Angeles and even one artist in Mombasa, Kenya. The beauty is the use of already existing infrastructure. By reaching out to art groups that already exist in these creative urban hubs, the focus then switches to collecting pieces and getting artists paid. The low-profit limited liability company (“L3C”) operates with a Profit Split model, so artists always receive the majority of the profit from sales of their work (55% for prints).

ArtLifting hosted their first live gallery in December, below their office in Boston's Seaport District. Photo by Cathy Rulli.

ArtLifting hosted their first live gallery in December, below their office in Boston’s Seaport District. Photo by Cathy Rulli.

WHO IS LIZ POWERS?

A Harvard University grad, Liz started out creating art groups in Cambridge, Massachusetts women’s shelters. Through her studies at Harvard, she had researched and learned the value in the connection of art as therapy. She realized there was no reason that these people in her art groups could turn their talents into profit. The first step was the 2011 creation of City Heart, an annual spring art show in Boston that sells pieces by homeless and low income artists. Shortly thereafter, Liz’s brother Spencer Powers joined the team. From here, the only place to go was both up and out-and ArtLifting was born.

As the name boasts, the theme here is growth. ArtLifting’s team rapidly gained artists and is still spreading quickly. Liz may call her home Boston, but thanks to her vision artists around the country are gaining the support to acquire their own homes as well.

From left to right: ArtLifting's Spencer Powers, artists Dante Gandini and Allen Chamberland, and Founder Liz Powers.

From left to right: ArtLifting’s Spencer Powers, artists Dante Gandini and Allen Chamberland, and Founder Liz Powers.

HOW YOU CAN ELEVATE ARTLIFTING:

  1. LEARN about the inspirational, unique artists.
  2. SHOP the virtual gallery.
  3. REACH OUT to the ArtLifting team.

In future posts, we’ll be featuring readers’ favorite causes and notable leading ladies in giving and nonprofit-send us yours at info@womensilab.com with the subject: #WomenDoingWell

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: JAMIE SULLIVAN

Jamie SullivanJamie is an account associate at a Boston branding and advertising agency. She has a passion for working with nonprofit organizations-most notably taking the field as both a player and planning committee member of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Blondes Vs. Brunettes flag football program Boston chapter. A New Hampshire native and 2012 UNH alum, Jamie loves traveling, reading, and though it isn’t always enjoyable-running. You can find her exploring Boston’s neighborhoods, and confusing people when she says she’s going to the “barre” after work.
 
Read more about and from the author: Jamie’s WiLab Profile