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Thought Provokers: Old Town – Mission Valley

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 Old Town – Mission Valley that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Khoa Truong

I’m a wedding & elopement photographer, and I’m blessed to do what I love for a living. I love all things weddings because capturing couples’ happiness brings me joy, and being able to give back those moments is the most fulfilling feeling. Read more>>

Sean Daugherty

I found out my true passion and love was in telling stories and sending strong messages through film and video. So in 2017 I quit my full-time job, went back to school, started a Film Club on campus and dove head first into the film industry around San Diego. Read more>>

Sergio Sanchez

My personal work as a fine art painter focuses on my perceptions of present-day life and is influenced by my memories growing up in two different worlds: Los Angeles and Mexico. My goal is to continuously record new experiences. Read more>>

Joy Boe

I have worked in the field of Social Services, supporting adults with developmental disabilities to live fully integrated lives in the community. I saw a real need for more diverse programs that are built around socialization and creative practice, as opposed to forced employment or adult day care, basically. Read more>>

Yesterday’s Donuts

For us when we play live shows, we just hope people enjoy themselves and maybe forget about any problems in the world for a minute, or even relate to something we might be saying through our lyrics and music. Also, it would be awesome to just play music for a living. Read more>>

Mark Atkinson

I’d like to say that I owe a lot of my sense of humor to just simply having funny friends and hanging out with funny people. So my senior year of college, I finally “grew a pair”, wrote an “act”, got up on stage and performed stand-up comedy. Like with many amateur stand-up comedians, my act mostly consisted of dick and fart jokes. Read more>>

Stefani Ciotti

I believe you should be able to look back at your images and be able to relive exactly how you were feeling in that moment in every photograph. Beyond that, I believe your children and your grandchildren should be able to look back at your images and understand exactly who you were, they should be able to feel the love you felt and the joy that was present in that moment. Read more>>

Nikolay Shlykov

I bought a camera and started taking pictures of everything I see – butterflies, cats, dogs, then I became more experienced and has already moved on to friends. I began to develop and read a lot, as on YouTube there were no video lessons. It is now very easy to learn something, just watch the training video. I’ve been taking photos for about six years. Read more>>


My love for music started early. A passion ignited most likely by the exposure I had to the world of live music, studio sessions and just by being around musicians almost all of the time since I was very young. A very common trait when your dad is a music writer and producer, among other things. Read more>>

Herman Wibowo

I love doing black and grey tattoos the most. But basically, I do anything because I want to satisfy my customers. I always hope people walk proud with my artwork on their bodies. My artwork can represent whatever they expect. I love doing realism black and grey the most. Read more>>

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