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Thought Provokers: La Jolla & UTC

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 La Jolla & UTC that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Leighanna Kennett

I am a Professional Dancer/Choreographer/Print Model based in Los Angeles, CA. I have had a love of dance and performing ever since I was little. Originally from Canastota, NY I studied dance at the age of 2 & 1/2 all the way into college, getting my BFA in Dance with Honors, from The University of The Arts in Philadelphia. Read more>>

Oona Breyer

My love and heart for photography came from my grandma, her name was Grace and she was one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever known. In a time when it wasn’t as easy for a woman to contribute outside of her home she (as a single mother of 6) started her own business as a professional wedding photographer and ran it for over 40 years. Read more>>

Hoai Dang-Lachance

The ability to express and transform something from nothing, into something that’s unique and extraordinary to me means engaging in my own sense of peace and tranquility. Read more>>

Kaitlyn Shimazaki

I started Mayumi-Ko very recently. For the last 5 years, I’ve worked full-time as a strategist at a digital marketing agency. I’ve always had a creative side, but I never really get to touch on that with my day-to-day tasks at my job. Read more>>

Brittney Morrison

I was always the kind of kid growing up that was very curious about makeup. I would pass by someone randomly on the street or in a store who had flawless makeup on and think, “WOW! They have great makeup skills! Read more>>

Sarah Morgan

I believe in making connections with my photos: connecting people with each other (brides, grooms their families and friends, husbands and wives, babies and parents). By creating these connections, my wedding photography took on a different look and people were drawn to this. Read more>>

Anne B Schwartz

Anne Brawer Schwartz is a dedicated abstractionist whose painterly imagination remains grounded in the world of places and things. While pursuing a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Oregon and further studies at the Gemological Institute of America. Read more>>

Durba Sen

My journey into the arts began when my mom enrolled me in watercolor classes with an artist in Kolkata, India. The style I learned was fluid and abstract, with a lot of attention to Nature. That was for a few years, and then somehow it all fizzled out! I showed promise. Read more>>

Migrant Motel

Migrant Motel started in Boston in 2012 with a few friends who came from different parts of the world and all loved rock n roll. David Stewart Jr, Peruvian-born/US-raised frontman teamed up with Mexican drummer Chava to begin writing and performing together within the Berklee College of Music scene. Read more>>

Melissa Montoya

Although I was very young when I left Peru, I think coming from a different cultural background always made me an observer and curious to learn about other people’s backgrounds. This sparked many travels in my life, as well as different dwellings. Read more>>


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