“The aim of art is to represent
not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.”
Thanks to a Boston program that showcases homeless and disabled artists work, these artists work are helping them rebuild their lives. Their art speaks volumes about the artist and their work. Works of art that would normally go unnoticed without the help of a young woman, Liz Powers.
Since she was eighteen, Liz Powers has worked with homeless and disabled individuals in Boston. She began by creating and running art groups in local women’s shelters. While there, Liz was amazed by the talent around her, but noticed that much of the art would end up in the trash can or lost in the shelters’ closets. After observing the same problem at other local art programs, Liz and her brother Spencer created ArtLifting. Since its launch in December 2013, ArtLifting has also helped five formerly unhoused artists gain housing.
Her goal is create a profitable business not only for her organization, but for each and every artist that participates in the program. By selling these artists work, ArtLifting is providing homeless and disabled artists the opportunity to earn their own income. The organization is run just like an upscale art studio. Each artists earns 55% of the profit from each sale.
Why is this program so successful? Because by earning an income instead of a handout, the artists feel empowered and confident. This confidence has a domino effect on every aspect of their lives and helps them pursue dreams that previously seemed unreachable to them.
Liz’s ultimate goal is to give a homeless or disabled artist his or her first break. Because she believes most of these people have never had a break. While art can inspire each of us, Liz Powers and the artists she helps inspire us as well as their uplifting art.