This Website Empowers People in Need to Make Art — And Sell It for Thousands of Dollars
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This Website Empowers People in Need to Make Art — And Sell It for Thousands of Dollars

Kitty Zen used to sell her art on a blanket in a Boston public park. Now, her art has been displayed at the city’s Museum of Fine Arts and has sold for $1,000. Zen, a 25-year-old self-taught artist, has been homeless for most of her life. But through ArtLifting , she’s created an income for herself. “When I got that first check, it was amazing,” says Zen. “I didn’t want to cash it. I wanted to frame it.” ArtLifting is an online platform where individuals impacted by homelessness or disabilities can sell artwork. There’s an application process where the artists and their work are assessed for mission alignment and curatorial standards. Liz Powers, one of ArtLifting’s founders, started working in homeless shelters when she was 18. After graduating from Harvard, she received a grant to create art groups within shelters. But she noticed the art produced in these groups ended up in closets and trash cans. “I realized there were already existing art groups all across the country, about a thousand of them, and that quality, salable art was being produced every day in these groups. The issue was that the art wasn’t going anywhere after. Instead, it would […]

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