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Thought Provokers: Downtown & Little Italy

San Diego 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 and creative professionals from in and around Downtown & Little Italy that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

June Freedom

My musical journey starts on the islands of Cape Verde where I was raised through most of childhood. It’s said that Cape Verde has more musicians in a square mile than anywhere else is the world, so I guess you can say it’s been embedded in my soul. Read more>>

Nessa Apostol

I found myself most looking forward to creating my costumes with my seamstress and becoming that character that I believe the costume brought the most out. In November 2014 I left my dance company to pursue my new-found dream of being a fashion designer. Read more>>

Boa Mistura

We were five kids from the same neighborhood in the outskirts of Madrid. We painted graffiti, and graffiti joined us. We became close friends, spending most of our time painting in the late ’90s and early 2000s. There were when Boa Mistura was born. Read more>>

Pili Aguado

I studied Fine Arts in Bilbao and I become interested in graphic techniques. When I moved to Greece to live in Athens I began working on illustration and drawing. My creative process is feeded by my “imaginary worlds” but also in relation with the real life, nature and animals. Read more>>

Arlisa Holloman

I had a handbag business, and I needed images of my handbags. I was constantly changing the handbag images on my website that it made sense for me to purchase a camera. Several friends recommended a good starter camera. Little did I know that it would lead to so much more. Read more>>

Margarita Rojas

I draw places that I would like to visit, people or things that I would like to meet/see. I basically draw my fantasies, hopes and dreams of what the future could look like in some strange place and time. When a draw I start with the rough sketch of an idea, but this idea evolves and becomes something else. Read more>>

Thizal Tha Banditt

I’ve always had a love and passion for music from the root of the instrument, to the sounds put together to create a beat. When you grow up in the not knowing; not knowing when you might get that one phone call that can change your life for the worse, you look to create something for the great for yourself! Read more>>

Tiffany Blaise

I’ve been drawing and making things for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I would dream up jewelry designs and build these wild hat designs out of ribbons and other items scavenged around the house. When I was six, my mom decided to enroll me in art classes at a seaside gallery close to our home. Read more>>

Frank Venadas

I have been drawing all my life as long as I can remember. When I was seven years old, my family moved from the Philippines to America. On the plane ride to our new home, I came across the preview for Star Wars. My imagination blew up from there. Read more>>

Lee Hong

My hometown and where I spent my years growing up is in Los Angeles, California where I also currently reside now. In my life, there have been many struggles and hardships I had to face alone that now heavily influences my work. Read more>>

 

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