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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.

Madina Kanzitdinova

With it all started)) I took my friends’ lenses and made commercial photoshoots by this camera)) the main thing is to see the picture. and the last model of the camera will be yours someday) so I took pictures in Moscow for about a year. Read more>>

Surely Lorraine

Dreampop/punk/goth/shoegaze artist/singer/songwriter/producer born and raised in Los Angeles but heavily influenced by Britpop and post-punk from the U.S., U.K. and New Zealand/Australia. Read more>>

Emily J. Snyder

I fell in love with painting and drawing when I was a child. In high school, making art became a way to cope with the angst of being a teenager. In college I studied drawing, painting and jewelry design at the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Read more>>

Lee Gumbs

Being a dancer since the age of 8, dance photography is a sure passion and focus of mine. After graduating I began touring with a professional dance company where I would use many of my cast members as subjects to photograph around the world. Read more>>

Aline Mare

To have a tangible, tactile object that contains these themes has become my current art form, but I still reach back through my history, always searching for new ways and new languages to explore. Read more>>

Olivia Fougeirol

Engaging with things foreign to me has been partially influenced by my work as a theater actor in Paris. The L.A. landscape offered me a stage with fascinating characters. It feels like an infinite playground. Read more>>

Amanda Maciel Antunes

Today I get to tell My family I have my art, my studio and my life as an artist that I thought it was only possible to people that came from a cosmopolitan life and wealth, not me, or my father or my grandfather. Read more>>

Mark Cluney

I had a friend who was a commercial photographer and he seemed to be enjoying life, so I figured I’d give it a shot. I bought a camera in 2009 and have been full time since 2010. Read more>>

Jenny Yurshansky

Paying close attention to the relationships between the plants that lived nearer to us and those that seemed wilder but once you dive into the particulars of plant life you soon learn the forensics of what they are actually saying about humans and our impact. Read more>>

kayla tange

My passions are found in meaningful dialogue, creative problem solving, collaborative projects and facilitating a unique relationship between art and audience — leading me to create my current projects Boundaries and Dear Mother. Read more>>

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