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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.

Mariah Naea

My modeling journey began through sports at the age of 14. I was a competitive soccer player on a club team located in Chula Vista. One day after a long tournament, a teammates mom suggested that I should start modeling since I was one of the tallest on the team. She offered me an opportunity to participate in a local fashion show that she was producing. Read more>>

The Suburbans

We enjoy performing because it makes us feel good to be able to bring music into the sphere of others, and connect with them through the performance. Since the vast majority of songs through history are about the subject, the main theme of all of our shows is love – and that’s what we hope people take away from our shows. Read more>>

Tosca Rivola

My craft is cyr wheel! The apparatus itself is a life-sized steel wheel that the acrobat brings into motion using various movements and poses. I would say it’s one of the harder apparatuses to learn and perfect – and is still relatively unknown outside of the cirque community. My skills are strong, but I see people taking cyr wheel to new levels every day, which inspires me to press on. Read more>>

Angela Gilmore

I am a part-time photographer as of right now; eventually, the dream would be to take this passion Full time! I am a firm believer of body positivity, family, and that love you can’t live without; romantic or platonic. Natural light and Golden hour are my go-to’s. Read more>>

Mari Dickelman

I used to occasionally do acrylic paintings. Sometimes at classes, and other times just at home. But the first time I did face painting was at my daughter’s school as a volunteer. That’s when I discovered the ‘mirror moment.’ It’s when someone first puts their eyes on their own face and realizes what they look like. Their entire face smiles. I love that. Read more>>

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>>

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