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Thought-Provokers: South San Diego

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 South San Diego that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Genevieve Calpito

When I started college, I didn’t think I would be an artist because I was so worried about supporting myself and making my parents proud. I started off studying business and I was terrible at it. Read more>>

Danielle Trina

I honestly believe my battle with cancer taught me about TRUE SURVIVAL! I’m a survivor, not of cancer but of life! I’ve overcome the fear of being my authentic self of who I’m truly meant to be. 5 years into remission, I walked into my job and explained that I was not meant to be there. Read more>>

Joshua Dunn

Trying to find the balance of these identities, led to a lot of tension. I started searching for community and my self-identity, which led me to which lead me into substance abuse and then LA and eventually New York. Read more>>

alexandra uzarraga

I’ve always been a person who is adventurous and who can’t stay at one place for too long, and I believe that that feeling and restlessness comes from my transborder life. I was born in San Diego and raised by my mexican family in Tijuana, Mexico. Read more>>

Horacio Quiroz

I’ve always known that I wanted to be a painter even though the road there has been filled with doubt, societal stigmas and clichés surrounding artists in general. This road, which reveals itself to me daily, remains an uncertain one, trying to navigate its course. Read more>>

Ian Temple

I needed an outlet from my job as a scientist and photography was the natural choice. My dad did photography as a hobby and liked to shoot wildlife and sports. Read more>>

Sam Zabala

While growing up, drawing became my hobby and was self-taught. I would do small illustration commission projects, but I didn’t pursue it as a career. In college, I pursued Computer Science and wanted to eventually specialize in Web Development as a degree, but it didn’t work out. Read more>>

Mike Menegus

My dad introduced me into photography in my early teens. Back then I used Kodak 110 cameras which the film came in a drop in cartridge. I found it fascinating a very slender almost spy camera was so small, could create images. Read more>>

Maryellen Vettori

I am an airbrush artist in southeast Pennsylvania. Having raised my family, I began to pursue my passion of creating art much later in life that what is customary. Read more>>

Diana Cervera

I left home for college at age 17 and attended UCSD. I entered as a theatre major and the dream of becoming an actress, but like most first-generation people of color entering higher education, I experienced culture shock for the first time. Read more>>


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