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

Federico Navarro

I was born and raised in Montevideo, URUGUAY a 3 million people country, way down south of South America. At the age of 7, I started playing drums encouraged by my brother Alejandro, since he was a drummer too. Around the age of 9, I found an old guitar in my parents closet and I started experimenting with it every day. For a while, I played both guitar and drums until I decided to play the guitar full time. Then at the age of 10 my brother rented the movie CROSSROADS and that was it … I would say that was a huge life changing moment for me. Read more>>

Lawrence Epstein

I opened Marina Caregivers Inc in 2005. Since then I have continued to operate a dispensary, and cultivation, in the City of LA. I have jumped through every hoop that LA & CA have thrown at my industry, and remain compliant with all local & state laws. In 2018, I went from Medical to Adult Recreational sales and continue to expand and grow. We now offer delivery and curbside pickup options, in addition to our in-person Retail experience, and our fully automated, no contact Retail kiosks. Plenty of parking and friendly staff. Read more>>

Maggie Lomeli

My story as a printer started in school at Otis College of Art and Design when my focus was set on abstract painting. I was taking Printmaking classes and found that it offered me outlets hard to realize in my tenuous relationship with painting: the structured process of the medium felt like a relief to me compared to the seemingly subjective painting work I was doing. I loved to experiment, I loved to tenaciously problem solve, and I loved being able to master a skill. Read more>>

Lorenzo Crump

My name is Lorenzo Crump and I am Latinx and part of the LGBTQ+ community! Throughout my childhood, I always drew. From finger painting to off-brand colored pencils. Sometimes it became an escape from reality, especially during middle school which were one of the hardest years to get through. Dealing with a sudden housing move, a change of school, and bullying. I hid myself since the real me were called hateful things. Read more>>

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