The Future of Art and Social Enterprise for Poverty Disruption

Thursday, October 6 | 1:45pm


  • Liz Powers, Co-founder and Chief Happiness Spreader, ArtLifting (Featured Presenter)
  • Scott Benner, Artist, ArtLifting

Heidi Brooks, Chief Operating Officer, Schott Foundation for Public Education

Alumni Lounge

After securing a grant from Harvard to create art groups in homeless shelters, Liz Powers was immediately struck by the incredible talent she saw. Unfortunately, amazing works of art were being produced only to end up forgotten in the closets and basements of shelters. Liz realized that art could be a transformational path to financial stability for these Boston-based artists and countless others nationwide. After creating a digital marketplace to connect these artists with a larger audience, ArtLifting has helped several artists find housing and has expanded to eleven cities across the United States. Liz will be joined in this presentation by artists from the Artlifting network. Participants will come away with practical, sustainable methods for using social enterprise to create opportunities to disrupt poverty.