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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.

Laura Johnson

I discovered the world of craft spirits right after highschool when i traveled to Cuba after graduation and visited the original Havana Club Distillery. That’s really where my interest in spirits started. Read more>>

Toya Denise Godette

My love for the beauty industry started straight out of the womb! But I always thought If I made a career out of it- I would lose my passion for it. I was afraid to stop loving what I have been so passionate about if I was doing it as a JOB. Read more>>

Precious Mizell

Precious Mizell is the founder and creative director at Mizell Dezigns, an emerging lifestyle brand located in San Diego, California. The Company provides, branding, public relations and design services for businesses and private clients. Read more>>

Loren Cobbs

This past May we celebrated our one year anniversary with San Diego Melanin. At our first event we hosted 50 guests and I thought “whew that was a lot”. Read more>>

Lynneth Vizcarra

I used to share all my outfits on Instagram and I remember one day I found Negin Mirsalehi on Instagram and I fell in love with her feed and I decided to open a blog to share all my fashion tips and outfits. Read more>>

Lisa Ruschioni

Lisa Ruschioni always seemed to have a camera at the ready as she grew up. It’s been said by her childhood friends that it’s a good thing social media didn’t exist when they were younger or they would have been in a lot of trouble based on her constant documentation.  Read more>>

Jorge Pinzón – Casasbuenas

I had the chance to live, paint and share in several countries, and start my investigations of how processes of enculturation can affect our natural sense of transcendence. Read more>>

Jordan Ramay

My passion for music faded and I started applying my writing to my love for film and eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in screenwriting. Read more>>

Yolanda Bell

My interest in photography started when I was young growing up in Connecticut. I didn’t like having pictures taken of myself but instead wanted to be on the other side of the camera taking the pictures. Read more>>

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