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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.

Jordan Krouse

I always knew I wanted to get out and explore the world. With each new place I visited, I grew more excited to travel. After high school, I moved to Chicago and immediately fell in love with city-living and the diverse environment. Soon after, I studied abroad and crossed ten more countries off my bucket list. . Read more>>

Yoory Jung

I begin with clay color as ground in order to reference and simulate the material of the celadon as ceramic. Then I add layers of colors close to Celadon. Identity is a concept that requires others, and so is my painting. It requires the viewers to examine what they are seeing. Read more>>

Sarah Cavallaro

I am learning self-acceptance. I started to write about characters who were redefining their lives. That work developed into two novels. Dogs Have Angels too was published and won best in women’s fiction from Indie Reader Discovery awards. Read more>>

Elvia Guadian

I’m very inspired by both Mexican and west coast Californian culture. My tool of choice is a rotary machine for my tattoos and graphite for my drawings; I like this because of the soft shading I can make with it. Read more>>

Cynda Valle

I find moments of my daily life to be infused with undercurrents of surrealism, luminosity and pattern that always remind me of the fragile poignancy of life. I try to catch” and freeze these moments on canvas with oil paint. Read more>>


I have a penchant for gore and camp, and you can hear that in almost every song I write. As far as my production goes, I am heavily influenced by my upbringing in classical music. I started piano at age four and did it competitively until I was a teen. Read more>>

Andrew Laurich

I don’t know why I make films, exactly. I don’t think my drive to create is a necessary product of trying to send a message to the world. Rather, I think I like to play around — to experiment. Read more>>

Kelley Benes

After I completed my studies, I spent a lot of time focusing on my other love, the planet, and traveled quite a bit, and, to be honest, I quit practicing art. Read more>>

Patsy Cox

I have found a home, in my work, in my environment, and in my teaching. My greatest fortune is arriving at this place and time where the conversation has expanded both in the field and in a society that is currently reacting to a complex political climate. This is where my obsession resides.. Read more>>

Eli Brandwein

While I would say my voice as an author tends to take a sarcastic tone, I like to tell real, relatable, human stories that are surrounded by weird, fantastical, or absurd elements that highlight the absurdity of real life. Read more>>

Jonathan Harkham

1975 we immigrated to Los Angeles from Sydney Australia. I was 3 years old. We lived in an apt on Hollywood blvd.My dad is an Iraqi Jew my mom is from the south of New Zealand. I pretty much felt like an alien growing up in the city. Different customs, different perspectives and the other kids around me always thought I was real weird. I talked different, I dressed different. Read more>>

Danni Cassette

My life was changed forever at that moment, and my family gave me the nickname The Tape Bandit because I would steal every tape I could get my hands on. I’d record over whatever had been previously recorded with my own songs. Read more>>

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