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South LA 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 South LA that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Dametreus Ward

I’m originally from Milwaukee, WI. I aspired to be an architect until I realized that I had more interest in Business marketing around my sophomore year of college. I had always had toy cameras when I was younger. Read more>>

Tony Bartele

I kind of always regretted not staying in LA the 1st time but had I stayed; I’m not sure I would have met all these wonderful people I have around me now(y’all know who y’all are). I’ve come a long way, but I know I got a ways to go too. Until I get where I need to be, wherever God is steering me, I am just enjoying the ride. Read more>>

Dynnaro You

Throughout my time in Lowell, MA, for the longest time I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life when it nearing the time to go to college, and I almost forgotten that I have an interest doodling, though when I was alot younger I was known as the kid who always scribbled. Read more>>


If our music never makes a single dime, it would have all been worth it if it encourages or inspires one person to pick up an instrument, sing a song, or begin to start expressing themselves creatively in they haven’t before. Read more>>

Bri Beats

I started tapping back into my creative side I hadn’t explored since I was a kid. I wrote song after song while teaching myself how to record and mix vocals. I also started DJing In Ybor City on the weekends and attending all the local hip hop events I possibly could. Read more>>

Joseph Fraiser

Playing drums since the age of six and writing my first piece of poetry at the age of nine, I grew to realize music was my outlet to encourage and uplift anyone who was listening. I apply message-driven music on a what they call “turn up” or “GFunk” instrumentals to give a party vibe sound but yet have meaning in my songs. Read more>>

Jose Valencia

I finally was able to acquire my first DSLR and took it with me wherever I went. A whole new world opened up to me since I went to some pretty exotic locations, but I was just still messing around and capturing moments in time was no real focus. Read more>>

Badir McCleary

Through dialogue and research, I hope to educate artists and arts professionals on a growing cultural marketplace while simultaneously introducing underrepresented neighborhoods to fine art programming. Read more>>

Alexander Collins

Although I spent a great deal of time since a young age drawing and gathering a repertoire of music that would bother everyone around me, I knew very little (practically nothing) of ancient or contemporary art and didn’t know that an artist was something to even aspire to. Read more>>

Bertil Petersson

It should add something to the environment and to people’s everyday experience. This means that the constraints are many and complicated, but ultimately interesting. It’s easy to make a painting in your studio that only is limited by what you want to see. Read more>>

Bethany Pangilinan

I realized I wanted to go to a University and study Fine Art Photography. I was so immersed in it. It was such a huge part of my life that I didn’t realize it naturally led me there. It’s always been a constant. Read more>>

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