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Downtown LA’s Thought-Provokers

LA has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.  Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around DTLA that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Topher

Everything I did was about telling a story, so I wanted to bring that into fashion. My friends and I were always snapping photos of our daily looks and sharing them within our limited circle, but we thought it would be more fulfilling to share these looks and the stories behind them with the world. Read more>>

Meghan Michelle

I found doing flowers and the ability to share that joy and passion with others. For me, using the knowledge and skill I have acquired working with flowers to improve someone else’s day has been the most rewarding part of the business and the reason I continue to do what I’m doing. Read more>>

Rachel Beetz

This exploration led me to the soundSCAPE festival in Italy where I met flutist Lisa Cella, a champion of contemporary music. She really opened my eyes to new possibilities with my instrument and the community at the festival showed me how rewarding collaborative music making could be. Read more>>

Matthew Garcia

What made this decision a crucial one that created a lasting impact was my parent’s strategy. See, Pomona was a better opportunity at the time for my father work-wise, but it was not exactly a better area to live in. My parents often told us they wanted us to stay busy with positive distractions. Their weapon of choice… the arts. Read more>>

Antonio Gonzalez

It was simply the director’s intent to make Dorothy’s home black and white. This is when the idea sank in. It is the visualizer, the artist, who decides whether they want their work shown in color or not. They have total control of their own work. They get to determine how they want people to perceive it. Read more>>

Brad Statham

Ambitious brands break the rules & test the limits. To help them do it, we seek opportunities at the cross-section where stories, systems, and communities overlap. This rich creative territory is where our teams and clients create the best work. Read more>>

Faith Ibrahim

I always knew that I wanted to be a designer, right from my childhood. I often spent my time watching fashion networks, shows like “Kimora Lee Simons: Life in the Fab Lane,” “How do I look?” on Style Network, etc. exposed me to the preliminary stages of my love for the fashion industry. Read more>>

Sarah Weber

By creating environments, I am also able to explore gender, decoration, and beauty. Focusing on the floral and exotic, my highly detailed, dense compositions become places where growth and entropy, figure and ground, intertwine. My work may foster the hallucinatory experience of seeing a mirage. Read more>>

Todd Westover

If you could transcribe my paintings into music, they’d be symphonies. It’s as though they reach beyond the purely visual toward the musical, as though you could hear them if you only had the ears for it. So musical, you could practically dance to them, spontaneous yet perfectly composed. Read more>>

Madeline Rae

The one night that I slept there one of the girls was trying to make me feel better by telling me my parents could send me letters and I remember asking her, “could they send me a sketchbook?” I realized at that moment that a world without art makes no sense to me, and a world without color breaks my heart. Read more>>

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