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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.

Megan Weissenstein

When I was younger, my dream was to be a director. When I was around ten years old, my dad bought me my first camera. From that moment on, I was in love with the art of visual storytelling. Everywhere I went, I had that camera attached to my hand. Read more>>

Marco Colmenares and Ariana Hernandez

I skipped the rest of orientation week and started school a week late only after being assured school was still a possibility. As I continued school, I decided to handstyle my name over and over on a canvas using a vandal’s arsenal of spray paint and paint markers for my midterm project. Read more>>

AJ Jaramaz

We didn’t have a super musical household but my mom put us in piano lessons when we were little and played a lot of classic rock & folk in the house. I was a super shy kid and never did much performing or recording, but was constantly writing songs in my bedroom. Read more>>

Nefertiti Jenkins

I attended Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, NJ for my BFA in Painting and minor in Art History in 2016. Then I moved to LA in August 2018 to pursue my MFA in painting at Otis College of Art and Design. I’ve been drawing and painting for most of my life. Read more>>

Nick Minutaglio

I got my start in music production in GarageBand using my mom’s laptop when I was 12. I thought it was a game like Guitar Hero or something, but I ended up having fun using the premade loops and sounds that came bundled with it. Read more>>

Anthony Starble

My musical journey began when I was nine and I fell in love with classical piano. I loved how the piano was complex and emotional and I would find myself sitting down for hours at a time getting lost in the music of classical giants such as Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven. Read more>>

Yaara Bar

Since I can remember myself, I was always fascinated with fantasy stories, having my head in the clouds and daydreaming. My imagination took me to thrilling and wild adventures. Soon, my hand became the extension of head, and I began realizing my fictional world in every available medium of art. Read more>>

Eilen Itzel Mena

I started making art when I was a child living in the Dominican Republic. My mother was an architect and interior designer and my grandmother was a homemaker. They both spend a lot of time and effort making sure our home looked beautiful, put together and unique. Read more>>

Dale Campo

I’ve always been an imaginative kid, and I never outgrew asking questions all the time. I was the kid who’d show up to class with a scale model of buildings and paintings for class assignments that involved artistic options. My desire to make things with my hands was always driven by resourcefulness. Read more>>

LADY E.

It all began with my mom. Before I was born, she was playing me music in the womb, and throughout my life, she surrounded me with it. She is a music teacher who taught me to play piano, guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, and how to sing. My grandma was always playing records. Read more>>

Esther Levy

I am the mother of five children. After experiencing some health issues in pregnancy I turned to natural healing. I wanted to know all my options. I fell in love with alternative medicine and realized the power of communicating with my body. So I began by eating cleaner and making my own remedies. Read more>>

A. Diallo Jackson

I’ve always loved sci-fi, fantasy, and comic books and I’ve always loved building worlds. In elementary school, my best friend had a knee-high stack of comic books circling the perimeter of his entire room. They ranged from Silver Age 50’s era comic books featuring Superman, Batman, Green Lantern. Read more>>

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