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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.

Megan Reed

I started pretty quickly to think about ways I could bring that freedom back to theater, to how theater could take place in a way that was more participatory. And at the same time, to how painting could also be dynamic, could live in unusual contexts or displays not beholden to their status as commodities or precious objects for purchase. Read more>>

Sarah Thibault

I decided I would major in French – not sure why I thought that was more practical! Part way through my degree I realized I was still most passionate about art, so I made a portfolio and was eventually accepted to the San Francisco Art Institute’s BFA program. Read more>>

V.C.R

My parents knew that I was gifted, so they made sure to completely submerge me in music and art, putting me in piano, violin, and keeping in the choir (sometimes against my will) all at age five. The seeds were sown and I continued with music throughout my collegiate years, playing in symphonies, managing artists, and learning about the music business. Read more>>

Z LA

Drawing turned into using markers, markers turned to paints and finally paints turned into cans. I always considered myself an artist but I find that one of the most important decisions I ever made was deciding that this would be my life’s work, no matter what challenges or obstacles I was faced with. Read more>>

Sicong Sui

Influenced by family, I always had a love for living things and drawing. But not until I went to Kent State to study abroad for the first time and received a huge culture shock. Realizing I was blinded by other people’s expectation, I finally found out being a creative person and image maker was where my real dream lay. Read more>>

Harmony

My earliest thoughts are filled with memories of swimming in the lake, reading countless books about adventure and faraway places, and playing dress up. When I was around 11, I moved to the suburbs of Southern California to a town called Yucaipa. This was a big culture shock for me. My old town only had one stop light, dirt roads, and a couple thousand people. Read more>>

Omari Washington

That’s when I fell in love with acting. At the age of 12, the acting bug bit me. That’s when I auditioned for the role of Tin Man in the “Wizard of Oz”, I landed the role. Soon after that, I was the role of Smee in “Hook” the stage play. Once I felt the rush from doing stage plays I wanted to branch out and challenge myself as an actor, so I begged my father to enroll me in an acting school and he made it happen. Read more>>

Blasia Discoteca

I started performing as an offspring of my community and connected through a similar struggle. Blasia Discoteca is a cross-cultural, intersectional experience that believes in the power of community and uniting with others of similar experience. I just recently started identifying as an artist. Before, I would label myself as a Drag Queen, a dancer, a painter, or a performance artist; those are parts of my art, but not a definition. Read more>>

Mick Lorusso

Teaching and workshops, at the UCLA Sci|Art Nanolab, at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles, and internationally, has been a huge part of my work as an artist since I want people to have their own insights and inspiration through art, yoga, and science. That’s one reason why I’ve become a long-distance member of a cooperative in Mexico City called XOCIARTEK. Read more>>

Jonathan Adolphe

My second one may show in New York were paintings on chalkboards with texts. I’ve had one man shows in Zurich, Tokyo, and Istanbul. Afterward, I felt stuck; an artist’s block had come over me. I turned my attention to raising my daughter and focusing on her becoming an artist. Julia Adolphe is now a successful contemporary classical composer commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and others. Read more>>

Virginia Viera

I was five years old and has been doing it all my life, taking my love for the arts to different areas; always trying new techniques, surfaces, and using a wide variety of styles and mediums, and using whatever gets in my hands from canvas, wood, metal, clay to leather. I studied Architecture at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, in Argentina, from which I graduated in 1982; but I always kept focusing on what I really love: to Paint. Read more>>

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