Stewardship of the Arts Award 2020

Liz Gross to be Honored at Stand by Me Celebration 

Liz Gross, professionally known as Dr. Liz Cochary Gross, is a professor at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Alongside a love of science and research, her real passion has always been music. Early lessons beginning at the age of seven led to a lifelong study of the piano. Liz expanded her musical skills by teaching herself how to play folk guitar while in junior high. And during her college years she tied music performance to entrepreneurship, appearing in coffee houses and bars throughout Massachusetts while also studying classical voice training and singing with Mount Holyoke College choral groups.

Together with her husband Phill, Liz has continued to celebrate her passion for music and art throughout their lives in Boston and Concord, attending and supporting both the BSO and the MFA. They have shared their love of the arts with many Boston area youth organizations, hosting countless young people and their families at concerts, dance performances (and of course sporting events!), an incredibly rewarding experience creating access and engagement around experiences that we all take for granted.

When they moved to Concord and discovered what was then called the Emerson Umbrella and they took advantage of the art center where their kids enjoyed classes in clay, ballet, and painting. Thirteen years ago, Liz joined the Board and in subsequent years the newly named ‘The Umbrella Arts Center” went through a major renovation. As Campaign Chair, Liz worked tirelessly with staff and volunteers to create a beautiful state-of-the-art center of arts and culture.  Liz continues to be an integral part of The Umbrella team and is the organization’s most enthusiastic advocate.


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