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Mid Wilshire’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 Mid Wilshire that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Virisa Yong

I grew up in San Jose, a city in the Bay Area. I’ve always been a huge fan of live music events. In high school, I used to listen to local radio stations, waiting for the cue to call and win concert tickets. Read more>>

Isné Bobo Nuyent

Born and raised in the Bay Area, California. Being around so many diverse walks of life, I’ve always been inspired to express myself. Growing up, I had the opportunity to pick up a lot of different crafts and hobbies. Read more>>

Sunyin Zhang

I am a film director. Most of my work is narrative shorts, focusing on female characters. Recently, I am thinking about what is beautiful. As we all know, even a short film can cost a lot. I believe that there are an advantage of high production value films. Read more>>

Monique Govan

I grew up in the inner city of Chicago. My Granny raised me and she always made sure I wasn’t running with the wrong crowds or involved with things I should not have been doing!!! My fitness journey/Movement to inspire is not your typical one. Read more>>

Olayinka Ehi

I was born and raised in Nigeria before I moved to New York. A lot of who I am as an artist comes from my culture even though I was raised in two countries. All I ever wanted to do was sing but being a Nigerian child education came first in my household and there was little to no negotiation. Read more>>

Roger Hallaway

I moved around a lot as a child, but I ultimately came of age while living in Fresno, California. My father taught at the local community college and my mother worked at Costco. There were no musicians in my family—although my father was a sculptor, which undoubtedly influenced me in one way or another. Read more>>


I’m a left-handed middle child from small-town Louisiana who started making horror movies in my backyard with a VHS camera before moving to Hollywood and starring in an actual horror movie to now making music about my own real-life horror stories. Read more>>

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