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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

Allison Bagg

I always had a visual eye, and as a child was very tactile, having to touch every fabric in clothing stores. In the summertime, I took photography camp and every art class under the sun. My mother was an artist who painted watercolor, and I would watch her paint in her makeshift studio in the garage. Read more>>

Eli Presser

As an artist, this is a question I am frequently asked. The narrative I tell changes with my mood, just as it changes with the very mutable assessment of my identity and my place and purpose within the world. How did I get to this place? How did any of us get to the present. Read more>>

Giuliana Foulkes

I was born in Chicago and grew up in the western suburbs. In my sophomore year of high school I transferred into a performing arts school where I studied film in a tiny program made up of filmmakers and poets, within my graduating class there was only one other graduating student besides me. Read more>>

Khalilah Pianta

It’s been quite the journey to where I am today, growing up in small town Australia i moved out at 18 to Melbourne, it was there where i started documenting life through photography, being young it was a lot of party scenes & live music, after a few years. Read more>>

Sara Shewfelt

I daydream a lot. I admire strangers. I am drawn to their details, mannerisms, and behaviors. Taking photos helps me stay present. I think my favorite artists were and are this same way, seeing what others either missed or don’t pay attention to. I really love people and I am also very overwhelmed by them. Read more>>

Lucia Brizzi

I wanted to be an actor/comedian before the words had been defined for me. I got attention as a child for my Al Bundy impression-drinking soda out of chilled beer mug with one hand in my pants saying “football”. I was hooked from there. Training: Actor training since I could articulate the want! Started as a child. Read more>>

Aaron Shulman

After having a few transformative reading experiences late in high school–that special sense transformation vibrating with the possibility you can only get as a teenager–it became clear to me I wanted to be a writer. So, that became the guiding principle of everything I did. I studied creative writing in college. Read more>>

Kam Ying (Kamyi) Lee

I grew up in a Chinese special administrative city called Macau where was ruled by Portuguese for four hundred years. I have a rich and complex cultural background that two very distinct cultures trying to live in one small city. Growing up in such a multicultural city makes me always feel like I also have dual personalities. Read more>>

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