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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.

Lisa Sonoda

Two huge passions of mine include music and healing. At a young age I started piano, flute and a little bit of drums. Then later on I quietly taught myself guitar (which was a surprise to my family who had no idea for around two or three years!). Music was a way to connect. Read more>>

Margaret Leyva

I grew up dancing. I always thought, “I’m a dancer.” And I may have liked other mediums, but nothing came before dance. I always kind of fought the feeling that I was better at photography. That was something really hard for me to accept. I spent my whole life training at studios. Read more>>

Caroline Yoo

It’s funny, I don’t think I ever thought of becoming an artist, much less one in the fine arts field. My story probably starts out similarly to a lot of second-generation immigrant stories. My parents immigrated from South Korea to the United States in the late 1980s and early 1990s and I was born in Lawrence, Kansas. Read more>>

Liang Zhang

Ceramics is one of the most ancient and long-lasting materials and tools, the clay itself doesn’t change much, however, the way the world changes leads people’s thought on functional crafts and nonfunctional arts to branched ways. It keeps me thinking about what is the difference between functional and nonfunctional. Read more>>

Xavier Muzik

I am a composer, but I wasn’t raised in a particularly musical household. Most of my time was devoted to athletics. At some point in my life, I’ve played football, soccer, basketball. I also ran track and wrestled. I came into music through the middle school band (I played the tuba). Read more>>

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