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Thought-Provokers: Downtown

Houston 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 from in and around Downtown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Tina Hernandez

Creativity is a gift to all of us. Art adds value, knowledge, color, beauty, and novelty to our lives. Art is a means to understand ourselves and each other. It has its own language that can help you communicate with the rest of the world. Read more>>

Sarah Cantu

Music has become such a small part of Tiny June. I love music, but more so, I love using music to love people. I love having the ability to inspire people to use their voice, as well as having the ability to stand up for those who haven’t quite found their balance. This is my heartbeat. Read more>>

Rebecca Prowse

It was time to fulfill that four-year old’s declaration of being an artist. I quit my job and decided to work full time in my studio in an old church in northwest Ohio. It turns out that “artist” is a pretty broad category and I wasn’t exactly sure where my particular niche was. Read more>>

Mahyad Tousi

I am a storyteller. The stories that I like now—whether I am creating them or consuming them are the same as the ones that moved me growing up. They are the type of stories that help me to know the kind of person I want to be at any given moment. Stories that bring out the best version of me. Read more>>

Millicent Campbell

I’ve always been fascinated with stories and the ability it has to change people. As a little girl, I dreamed of becoming a writer and creating something so powerful it could change someone’s life. Back then I kept a diary; I’d write short stories, songs, and concepts for novels. I loved writing. Read more>>

Sari Beall

I am a college student with a passion for photography and writing. The goal with my photography is to evoke emotion and tell a story. It all started with senior portraits back in high school. After taking a few photos of friends, I realized I had a vision and potential talent for the arts. Read more>>

David Stunts

Naturally, I’ve always been seriouslye into movies and photos as I’m a very visual person. I started with still images which led me to jump into the realm of video, always learning and always trying to elevate my level of skill. Read more>>

Paige Russell

I received a BFA in graphic design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, during which I felt really burnt out looking at a computer screen day after day. I missed working with my hands, so I started playing with paper cutouts. Read more>>

Kiara Flores and Lee Yate

We met in 2012 when we were attending The Art Institute of Houston and enrolled in the same Fashion Design program. We had so many classes together the first quarter that inevitably we became close friends. We soon found out that one unique thing we have in common is the date of our birth. Read more>>

Andre Burrell

With a style that’s equal parts intelligent, captivating, and profound, nationally ranked slam champ, Self the Poet, owns the stage leaving audiences nationwide not only thoroughly entertained but far more knowledgeable than when they came. Read more>>

Brenda Oyervides

I always had a vision in my mind to make this world like my dreams. I strongly have a passion to connect deeper into this world and change it. I then got into my school news program, edited/filmed the openers, shared ideas and connected with my school entirely from 10th-12th grade. Read more>>

Jazzmin Brown

Photography is a big part of my life because sometimes it helps me express myself without actually having to talk…I’m not a big talker, not very good with words and I’m pretty shy but it help me come out of my shell a bit, and I’ve met so many new people because of it. Read more>>

Ladyfang

We make music. We focus on the live show. Chaos pop is what we’ve sort of decided is our genre. Mixing the melancholy sentiment and catchy hooks of pop music with the visceral energy and danceability of heavier rock and punk music to create a journey the audience can both contemplate and dance to is our jam. Read more>>

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