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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.

Emerson Niemchick

If I had to summarize my life and art thus far with one word, it would be “unorthodox”. I know as artists, we are taught to go outside the box, but I don’t know if I ever found the box to begin with. I grew up in a small, Midwest town which was An ocean of exploration for all things creative, done safely. I’ve always been acting and painting and just creating, but I always sort of just did it. Read more>>

Nico Navia

I was raised in Bogotá, Colombia and the US in Miami, FL. My parents both worked in the audio/visual world so I’ve had a taste of the filmmaking process my entire life. Growing up, I was enamored with movies and television spending countless hours in front of a screen. I always knew I wanted to make films and for some reason, I was always attracted to the work being done behind the camera. Read more>>

Jina Song

To be honest, I thought I would spend the rest of my life working in front of a computer. As ridiculous as this sounds, I opened Google and searched, “things I can learn with two years of school.” One of the first things that popped up was cosmetology school, so I emailed the school for a tour. While I was walking around the school, the students looked so passionate and happy to be there. Read more>>

Romy Lima

My love of photography started as a love for architecture. My father was a carpenter and would take my little brother and I to his job sites when we were kids. From there, we could see our city from some extremely unique points of view. You could look up and see the stony grey Los Angeles skyline contrasted against the clear blue sky. Read more>>

Tyler Lydell

The first time I played a drum kit I was like ‘This is it, this is all I want to do.’ so any chance I got to play, I did. I was like 13, I think. There was a small group of bands that played around Sacramento and my sister and I were lucky to be involved in a community that showed up every weekend to each others’ shows, whether they were on the bill or not. Read more>>

Chanel Dela Cruz

I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. As a child, something that I always was attracted to was singing. My mother often talks about how I was singing at age one before I could even form sentences. I loved putting on home concerts for my aunts & uncles, cousins and grandparents. Read more>>

Melody Romero

Before I moved to LA, I spent most of my life in the Midwest. After immigrating from the Dominican Republic, my parents moved to Rockford, Illinois, where I was born and raised. I went to a small Christian elementary school, where I got a well-rounded education that emphasized learning about everything. I worked hard there, and I enjoyed the adventures we took. Sometimes, we’d take nature walks. Read more>>

Shelby Poor

I come from a working class family in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that was greatly impacted by the effects of globalization. Both of my parents were active in their aerospace union during their employment with McDonnell-Douglass throughout the 80’s and 90’s. My mother passed away when I was five due to a brain tumor that was caused by chemical exposure as a result of her employment. Read more>>

Looksorn Thitipuk Teeratrakul

I was born to a poor Chinese-Thai family, my great-parents immigrated and worked as farmers. My parents grew up farming as well but they attempted to start an ice business to escape poverty. I’m the oldest daughter of 3 siblings, we lived in a three-story building right outside of Bangkok on top of our first ice shop. Read more>>

Kiernan Sjursen-Lien

I grew up in a chaotic environment. I was raised in the wilds of the Sierra Mountains in California, often surrounded by nature, and often surrounded by mayhem. My home was not a happy one, to say the least. I grew up surrounded by fear and terror. ‘Growing up’ was a matter of survival. Read more>>

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