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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.

Laurel Galanter

Movement has always been a part of my life, but I rediscovered my love for it in my teens. I did the typical ballet, tap, etc. thing when I was a kid, but eventually fell off. I tried gymnastics for a bit, and then gave up on that as well. Read more>>

Anna McNaught

My high school art teacher informed me I would never amount to anything let alone an artist or designer. This was the driving statement that started it all and sometimes, that’s all it takes. In 2013, I packed my belongings and moved across the country to Los Angeles to pursue a career in fashion photography. Read more>>

Tito Bonito

After seven years there, I had developed a community of artists and friends that helped guide me into the world of performing burlesque. Six years ago, I moved to Los Angeles, California to live my dreams. Read more>>

Adam Whitecash

I grew up in Germany mostly and I am a trained plumbing technician now living in downtown Los Angeles (bordering Chinatown and Dodger Stadium). I use recycled material primarily and build my own frames with wood from the local Home Depot. Read more>>

Annabel Lee

I began working with producers and doing sync work out in LA, and decided I needed to uproot and head to the west coast. Since driving cross country and trying to find a “home” here, I’ve been doing that LA hustle. Just been playing lots of shows, writing tons of songs, finding my community, and making this album! Read more>>

Marie Peter-Toltz

One memory that sticks out is from when I was ten years old. Back then, I was living in Alsace and my father took me to the Kunstmuseum in Basel. Although I was mesmerized by the beauty around me. I was still seeing everything through the eyes of a ten year old. Read more>>

Evah Fan

My attempts to multitask started early, drawing while watching TV, which I still do now. In college, I studied Communications Design with an emphasis on Illustration. After school, I became a freelance illustrator while juggling a few odd jobs. Read more>>

brandon lomax

I arrived on Earth through a portal facilitated by the human being I chose to be my mother. I’m still adapting to the physical experience of being an earthling. My work has always helped me navigate and understand the complexities of this life experience. Read more>>

Felix Galvan

As a kid I used to always look forward to getting into my sketchbook to sketch and draw all of the things in my head. It was one of the most fun ways for me to “play.” As I got older I began to pick up other media motivated by mentors in middle school and high school. Read more>>

Areté

I spent my whole life running away from who I am—from being as big as I am, as special as I am, as queer as I am, because I learned the lessons of society too well. yes, I directed a feature (“your friends close,” streaming on amazon), made videos for contemporary dance companies. Read more>>

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