Liz Powers, MSc

Co-founder and Chief Happiness Spreader, ArtLifting

Liz Powers is a serial entrepreneur who has received multiple grants and awards for her work. In 2010, she was awarded the “Unsung Heroine Award” in the Massachusetts State House for founding art collectives and the LIFT Bike Project. After securing a grant from Harvard University to create art groups in homeless shelters, Liz was immediately struck by the incredible talent that she saw. Amazing works of art were being produced only to end up forgotten in the closets and basements of shelters. After observing that the same problem existed at thousands of art programs across the country, Liz became committed to helping share their creations with the world. She realized that art could be a transformational path to financial stability for these artists and countless others nationwide; they just needed a digital marketplace to connect with a larger audience. This invisible talent needed to become visible.

In November of 2013, Liz and her brother Spencer Powers founded ArtLifting with four Boston artists. During their first week of operations, those four artists earned thousands of dollars and were interviewed by national and local media—truly a life-changing experience for each of them. Today, ArtLifting has helped several artists find housing and has expanded to eleven cities across the United States.

Liz holds a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard College and a MSc in Interdisciplinary Creative Practices from The University of Edinburgh.