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

Tatyana Henry

Growing up in a family who loved to emphasize, “little girls should be seen and not heard” it’s no surprise that I felt like nobody was listening to me. I felt like nobody was able to see the world the way I did. Around 9 years old I began to ask my mom to buy me disposable cameras. Read more>>

Zachary Williams

Growing up as a child, I was subjected to physical abuse by my stepfather while my mom would leave for work. She always made sure I had everything I needed, from games to clothes. A few years later, she started getting sick, come to find out she was diagnosed with HIV which later turned into aids. Read more>>

Emmeline Cordingley

I’ve wanted to be a performer for so long that I can’t remember when that seed planted itself in my young brain. I come from a family with rippling, fractured creativity; ideas and aesthetic talents pushed to the margins in favor of realistic, down-to-earth livelihoods. I grew up feeding voraciously on the fantastic tales my grandfather spun. Read more>>

Emily Anderson

I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska to two non-musician, but very supportive parents who drove me to piano lessons, choir rehearsals, and sat through too many recitals. I began classical piano lessons at age five, choir at eight, and started writing songs for my own amusement sometime in between. Read more>>

Myles Veltenhill

I was blessed to be born into a family that appreciates music. My father plays keys and is a part of a lineage of piano teachers, and my mother is a fan of music. Ironically, I never had any express desire to make music as a kid. I somehow denied that I had any ability to do. Read more>>

Pally Zhang

I am a concept artist working in the Games, Film and Animation Industry. I specialize in mechanical and environment concept designs. Since an early age, I have always had a fascination with stories. My mother gifted me with a large illustrated History textbook when I was seven years old. Read more>>

Shannon Cottrell

My journey to photography happened at a young age when my mother gave me a film camera one summer in the ’90s and instructed me to go shoot something. I quickly grew to love photographing and printing in the darkroom. I credit the art form as being my saving grace from the tortures of adolescent bulling. Read more>>

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