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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.

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>>

Duane Anthony

When I was around eleven years old, I made my first short film. Though it was more comparable to a well-planned heist. I snuck my mom’s neon blue Nikon Coolpix camera from her room while she was at work, collected the majority of my middle school textbooks and crafted a makeshift tripod atop our living room entertainment system. Read more>>

Tatyana Guchi

I’m the firstborn to the strongest woman I know. My mother is a Japanese immigrant, and raised my younger brother and I, all on her own. Being the oldest, I had to learn a lot quickly. I’d go on to study biology at Hunter College in Manhattan, however once I’d finish, I knew this wasn’t my calling. My life wasn’t easy. Read more>>

Elaine Chu

I grew up making short videos on a miniDV camera. Everything from stop-action sequences with my stuffed animals to full-blown science-fiction fantasies using my friends as actors and the woods of Wisconsin as our backdrop. When I moved to Los Angeles, I started off as a production assistant so I could learn more about how a successful set is run. Read more>>

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>>

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