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Thought-Provokers: West 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 in and around West Loop that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Erik Ponce

Hurricane Mitch caused suffering to millions of people but if that didn’t happen, I would not be here right now writing about this. Every time I think of my origin, it makes me feel grateful that I live to see another day. So quick shout out to my mom for being the MVP of my existence. Read more>>

Nela Garzón

I studied one year of Literature and then dropped out and changed to Visual Arts. The truth is I didn’t want any degree, but my mom convinced me it was important, so I did. I grew up to despise any kind of privilege despite the setting. My thesis was about the encounter between academic art vs. folk or popular art. Read more>>

DelMariyo Whitfield

I’m just a third coast soul with a prominent west coast influence. I grew up in a hardworking household with both parents & two siblings. I wasn’t really good at sports, so I never showed interest or tried out for school teams. By the time I was 13-14, I stole (true story) a microphone from my middle school on the last day of 8th grade & from there, I started taking music 100% serious. Read more>>

Stephanie Goni-Fuentes and Marisol Garcia

I was born in Mexico City but grew up in Ciudad Satelite just north of the city. Growing up, I was always a creative and social person. The walls of my room took the brunt of my creativity, with an ever-changing medium and design on them, updated on a monthly basis.I come from a large and tight-knit family.           Read more>>


I started making beats in the 9th grade. I put them on SoundCloud and gained a following quick but quit to start rapping because my friends said I was good. Fast forward to 2018, I went to jail for ten long months, but people still wanted to hear new Polo. The hashtag #freepolo went viral, and when I came out, I put out a song called, and it gained a lot of traction through shows and Instagram. Read more>>

Mark Buller

I chose unusual music for recitals and soon began to take writing music more seriously. I’d been composing since middle school, but never terribly seriously. The opportunities present in college opened up a new world. I took as many advanced theory and composition electives as my packed schedule would allow, and began to write music for friends’ recitals. Read more>>

Uliana Maslovskaya

I was going to university. I applied to Shanghai University and the University of Economics in St. Petersburg. My coaches were devasted with my decision. Scared of being able to learn to intermediate level Chinese language just in one year killed my all desire to go to Shanghai, and I admit, their culture is very different, and you have to be ready to make a move. Read more>>

Patrick McGrath-Muñiz

As an artist with a Roman Catholic background and growing up during the 1980s and ’90s in the island of Puerto Rico, the oldest colony in the Western Hemisphere, I’m inspired by universal archetypes present in Pop Culture, Christian Iconography and World Mythology. Read more>>

Gio Music

I really aim to make sure every sound and instrument is enjoyable for the listeners. Sometimes I feel like I spend more time making sure everything sounds nice than actually composing. I also create and post visuals for people to enjoy 59 seconds of free music every week. Read more>>

Kimie Flores

There is no judgment, rejection or fear of failure. The content of the artwork is a reflection of my own thoughts and insecurities with a mix of subject matter I find fascinating. If anything the process is pivotal in comparison to the end result. I would want people to have their own interpretation of the work. Read more>>

Erin De Veyra

knew I wouldn’t have another opportunity like this. I dropped everything and went all in knowing I still have time. After a few international wins and earning a place as a world finalist in my discipline of street dance – Popping. My momentum as a movement artist began to flourish. Read more>>

NJ Weaver

My first exposure to creativity was from my grandmothers who created utilitarian items for their homes. Making quilts, tatting, crocheting – items for the family and home but also incorporating their own unique creativity in a functional way. Read more>>

Mohamed Aleau

I released my very own EP titled “Modern Day Picasso” receiving unimaginable love and support from family, friends, and fans. Despite the ups and downs music is something I love and will continue to be a part of creating what is said to be music with a purpose. Read more>>

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