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East 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 East LA that we hope you will check

Taylor Kibby

I grew up in a family of artists, musicians, and risk-takers but it took a few twists and leaps to make my way to the sculpture practice that I have now. I went to culinary school to study pastry and worked for a few years as a pastry. Read more>>

Mavra Peponi

I was born in Atlanta but grew up in Athens, Greece. I was surrounded by artistic stimuli: My mother took me to theatre and dance performances. My sister taught me how to dance; together, we knew by heart every choreography screened on MTV. Read more>>

Olivia Maria

I grew up in Western Canada and moved to Boston for college when I was 19. I was fortunate enough to have grown up with a really comprehensive classical music education but from childhood, I knew I was far more interested in being in a rock band. Read more>>

Julia Newhide

I grew up in Beirut, Lebanon a decade after the civil war had ended there. Although my generation did not suffer the same drama my parents did, you could say we experienced the residues of war. Remnants of destroyed buildings. Read more>>

Zoë Nissman

I was born and raised in Topanga Canyon, down a dirt road with no sidewalks or cul-de-sacs. I spent a lot of time alone; a lot of time outside looking at leaves and flowers and insects and birds. I was convinced I could fly. Read more>>

Sharon Brenner

I’ve always been drawn to cooking and photography and started photographing my recipes a few years ago as a way to catalog my work. At first, I just used my phone for visuals and wrote down recipes, but over time, I started food writing as well. Read more>>

Jessica Wang

My Chinese parents came to the USA by way of Taiwan, and started their family life in Texas, then moved to Southern California for work in 1990. My mom encouraged creative activities and homeschooled. Read more>>

Christopher Diaz-Infante

I’ve been a music lover since I was in the single digits. My father, a bit of a nerd, was into 80’s techno, and my mother, much of a metal head, was into classic rock n roll. How they ended up together to start a family is really beyond me. Read more>>

Ella Zoller

I’ve lived in eight different states, mainly East Coast including Utah and Hawaii, and too many houses and apartments to count. In school, I studied violin, drums, piano, guitar, and voice, and eventually started writing my own songs. Read more>>

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