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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.

Dan Chen

I was born in Qingdao, China, and spent my crazy study time in Shanghai, China, and Los Angeles, US. Those two cities inspired my artistic creation, especial the people who live there. When I was a kid, my mom sent me to have a class of painting, because she found me addicted to drawing some “ugly,” “weird,” “strange” faces. Read more>>

Alex Policaro

At the age of 16, I packed my bags and moved to the city that never sleeps… New York City! In the summer of 2015, I attended the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Summer Intensive where I auditioned for their year-round training program. I went into the audition with an open mind. Read more>>

Whitney Myer

I come from a pretty musical family. Both of my parents were musicians while I was growing up and my uncles were too. I remember as early as age five that I wanted to be a singer and make music. My parents encouraged me to have a “back up plan” so I got a degree in Spanish Language and Literature. Read more>>

Kaley Cho

I was born in Korea and was raised in both Korea and New Zealand. My mom was a fine artist so I was naturally expected to become an artist too. I had to take fine art lessons ever since I can remember, but I always had the feeling that fine art wasn’t quite what I wanted to do. Read more>>

Laura Escude

From technology to artistry to production to show design to wellness, there are few people who understand the complete spectrum of the music industry. Laura Escudé is one of these rare individuals. Based in Los Angeles, Escudé is an artist, innovator, entrepreneur and live show designer with a deep understanding of complex technology. Read more>>

Cassia Davis

I’m an artist based in Los Angeles, and I make photo grids to talk about mental illness and how we treat it. I studied broadcast journalism and photography at New York University. After school, I worked in the non-profit sphere and in documentary film. I’m interested in telling stories about things no one likes to talk about. Read more>>

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