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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.

Julia Montgomery

I was born and raised in Los Angeles and currently live in Venice Beach. I have had an art studio at the DTLA Brewery Artist Colony for the past six years. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t imagine being an artist. My mother was a docent at the J. Paul Getty Villa Museum. Read more>>

Champ Panupong Techawongthawon

Hi, I’m Champ. My full name is Panupong Techawongthawon. My name is quite long haha I’m half Thai and half Chinese. I’m from Thailand. In 2009, I went to the school of Communication Art. I focused on VFX/animation. After I graduated in 2012, I worked for broadcast TV for less than a year. Read more>>

Alabama Blonde

I was studying the work of Stanford Meisner in NYC in my early 20’s when I ended up getting a job as a session singer in some New York recording studios. I ended up working with leather in-between sessions, studding, pinning, gluing – I didn’t have a machine at the time. Read more>>

Sarah Julig

Art is how I make sense of the world. I grew up in a cabin in the woods in Alaska. My dad built our house and it was a constantly evolving space. My family did a lot of fishing, hunting, upcycling, gardening, and berry picking. Nature was, and is, very important to me. Read more>>

Michael Nguyen

I am a freelance videographer/editor looking to make a name for myself. I’ve been shooting for a little over two years now; however, I’ve only been doing this full time for about six months. What started off as a fun way to pass time has now developed into my passion. Read more>>

Aurora Vaughan

I was born in Redwood City, California to two public school teachers and an older sister who was an avid dancer. I grew up backstage because of her and my parents being part of community theater their whole lives; I became a performer before I even knew what was happening. Read more>>

Haleigh Nickerson

I grew up moving around a ton, but I’m from Oakland/ The SF Bay Area. I went to Berkeley for a short time (studied Art and minored in Ethnic Studies), got out really fast and moved to NY to go to grad school at Parsons. There, I got to try new things and pushed myself to think about new modes and ways of working in my practice. Read more>>

Dylan Spitler

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, I grew up as an only child, creating and keeping my mind active all of the time. I would sit inside writing stories, drawing adventures, learning ways I could express my feelings. As a kid, I hopped from public school to public school, meeting friends and losing them along the way. Read more>>

Nicole White

My name is Nicole white, 25 years young, Long Beach born and raised. I’m a designer, stylist and creator. I’ve always been a creative person with a natural eye for beauty. I started out wanting to be a “celebrity blogger” but as I got older I realized I had no interest in celebrity business and was more into the looks and glam. Read more>>

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