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Thought-Provokers: North Loop

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 North Loop that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Rachel Paulsel

My story begins with my great grandmothers who crafted to provide for their families out of necessity. Knowing how to sew, quilt, crochet and embroider were normal skills that the women in my family did.  Passing down these skills to the next generation was very important and a part of my heritage. This is where my personal journey begins as my mom taught me to embroider at the age of 3. Read more>>

Fred Donato

Well, I go by Fred Donato, my birthname Frederick meaning “peaceful ruler,” people always called me Fred, so I took that and added Donato to it which means “given by God” and so it just flows together “peaceful ruler given by God.” My original stage name was Sub-0, haha, but I was born & raised on the Northside of Houston. I started making music at the age of 12 and just kept it going. Read more>>

Joy Hanna

I wrote my first song on September 10, 2001; the lyrics I wrote in my journal that night were, “Oh Lord, you’ve gotta help me now. I cry myself to sleep not knowing what tomorrow will be like.” The next morning our country was devastated by the deadly September 11 terrorist attacks. I was only 11 years old, but as I looked back at my journal, I felt a divine call to write songs and encourage people through music. Read more>>

Jorge Frias

I just want to be a symbol for Hispanic kids growing up in the Northside of Houston, I want to be living proof that we can make it out, not much hope where I’m from, I Graduated from Sam Houston HS, and I refuse to be a statistic. My artwork has a lot of my culture in it, from samples to melodies or references, I love my Raza, and I love hearing how much people relate to my lyrics at times. Read more>>

Maggie Segrich

I have begun to realize life’s journey is a lot like parenting, just about the time you think you have “it all figured out” something shifts and everything that worked previously doesn’t anymore. Just as I expanded the Chamber, my husband received an opportunity, this time it was called Houston.. Read more>>

Jericho Sharp

I grew up surrounded by music as my father, a guitarist in his youth, was constantly working with different music equipment and exposing me to the musical elements. I came to appreciate different avenues like gospel and soul, classic country and rock, etc., but something about hip hop and alternative music always stood out for me. Read more>>

Aaron Garrett

My mother always made it a priority to drive my siblings and I into town to see theatre, and as an audience member, I was always entranced, much more so than by movies or anything else readily available. Due to the restrictions of my early circumstances I never considered myself as actually being able to pursue or create theatre, and imagined myself as always an audience member, but once I got to college. Read more>>

Filippo Nenna

I use cameras as an excuse to explore parts of Houston I otherwise wouldn’t have found and speak to people I otherwise wouldn’t have met. The most important thing I’ve learned is that it’s more about the experience, interaction, and purpose than the box with which it is captured.My recent portraits have allowed me to find out about other people’s unique histories – we are surrounded by so many interesting stories!. Read more>>

Tommy Tenzo

For the longest time, I’d felt like I wasn’t going anywhere with my career, even though I had a good reputation within my industry. I thought that by being good and creative it would naturally open doors, but quickly learned that being good at something isn’t enough. Feeling like I needed to quit complaining and take action, I decided to learn about social media and photography. Read more>>

Josh Atkins

I started photography in high school about ten years ago and started by learning how to shoot film and make prints. My main passion was music, guitar specifically, but this was something else I found enjoyable as a creative person. I had a really great teacher, Earl Emery, who fostered the enthusiasm and eagerness to learn and get better. Read more>>

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