Few young professionals can claim the mantle of “social entrepreneur” as aptly as Boston-based Rotary alumnus Liz Powers. After graduating from Harvard College with honors in 2010, Liz received the prestigious Pforzheimer Postgraduate Public Service Grant to develop free art groups with homeless and low-income women in Cambridge. Liz is the founder of City Heart, an annual art show and sale that empowers 70 homeless and low-income artists. In order to act as a year-round support to artists in art therapy programs, Liz and her brother Spencer recently co-founded a social enterprise called ArtLifting, which was recently featured in the Boston Globe. She also established the LIFT Bike Project, an “earn-a-bike” program for low-income individuals in Boston which earned her the “Unsung Heroine Award” in the Massachusetts State House.
In 2011, she was awarded a Global Grant from the Downtown Boston Rotary Club to pursue a master’s in Interdisciplinary Creative Practices at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. While a Global Grant Scholar, she produced a documentary called “Settling on Movement,” which follows Edinburgh artist Gavin on his journey from homelessness to a new flat. She also created “Arts in Action”, a large art show featuring paintings, photos, woodwork, singing, acting, and cooking from homeless and low-income individuals.