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Inspiring Stories from Fenway, Symphony & Jamaica Plain

The heart of our mission at the BostonVoyager is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Boston’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars from Fenway, Symphony, Jamaica Plain and surrounding areas below.

Marvin Smith

I started photography as a way to help my little brother market his clothing brand. I borrowed my grandfather’s camera, and we took pictures on our front porch. I just had so much fun doing it that I went out and bought a camera the next day and took pictures every day after that. Read more>>

Savanna Nelson

Growing up I always knew I loved to draw and paint, and if you asked me 15 years ago what I wanted to be when I grew up I would exclaim ” an artist!” and the more I learned about what being an artist means, I could not have imagined being anything else. Read more>>

Curtis Hughes

I’m a composer of chamber music, opera, and ensemble work, with avant-garde leanings and a strong interest in jazz, currently teaching composition at Boston Conservatory and collaborating with numerous performers in Boston and around the country. Read more>>

Mary Ciccarelli

In January of last year, I decided that my New Years Resolution was to make 2017 the year of “Finding My Passion.” I was commuting into the city, working 8-9 hours a day at a job that just didn’t light my soul on fire. So I took some time to journal about what truly brought me joy, and yoga was one of those things. Read more>>

Genevieve Montante

I was introduced to metalsmithung during my freshman year at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I fell in love quickly, and never really looked back. Metalsmithing for me became an outlet to express myself, where I was much clearer conceptually than I ever was with drawing or painting. Read more>>

Dani Fearon

I rooted in rural Maine and grew into a people pupil! As a kid, I was a lot like I am now, busy and smiling through all the ups and downs. I gravitate toward anything art related, hands on, engaging, and fun. I like to explore and play. Some of the things that inspire me every day are nature, family and community, creativity, and healing. Read more>>

Gregory Minott

I was born in Mandeville, Jamaica. I grew up a lot like a middle-class kid in the US. My father was a chemical engineer, my mother is a real estate broker. We had a yard, a dog… I have two sisters, one older and one younger. We grew up with high academic standards since my extended family on my father’s side included a lot of teachers, mathematicians, chemists. Read more>>

Kijana Rose

I guess the short story is that every random detail and experience of my life fell into alignment one day, and put me exactly where I am right now. A longer version goes something like this: I grew up in a bi-racial, Rastafarian family. It was different, to say the least. Read more>>

Rachel Rizzo

I grew up in Providence, RI and the south coast of Massachusetts. I have artists and musicians in my family and was lucky enough to have an amazing art teacher in High School (shout out to Ms. Hong!). I knew from an early age that I was more of a creative type than anything else, and I always loved working with kids. Read more>>

Kevin OConnell

Ever since I was a child I had a love for music. I always had a boombox or walkman with me with a mix tape playing that I recorded off the radio… I would call in and request songs so I could hit the record button. My father was a well known karaoke DJ as I got older and I would tag alone and help him with gigs but it wasn’t my thing, I want to play and mix music. Read more>>

Chase Morrin

I grew up in San Diego with a family who didn’t play music or affiliate with the arts in any significant way. My parents bought me a toy keyboard from Costco for Christmas when I was 8, thinking I would play with it for a few months and then throw it away. But I loved that keyboard – I tried to teach myself songs and make up melodies. Read more>>

Beth Castrodale

I started writing fiction back in grade school, but pretty early on, I understood that I’d never be able to make a living from it. When it came time for me to choose a college major, I decided on journalism, thinking that would allow me to use my writing skills in a practical way. Read more>>

Fadil Cantave

I started playing music at the age of four years old, covering old Bob Marley songs and playing sing-alongs from my favorite Disney films. I had the constant urge to sing. At an early age, I had been captivated by the stories of the Griot and the ancient priests of Khemet, wise men, and women that contained within their song, the whole narrative of mankind and creation. I sought to be one of them. Read more>>

Carlisle Isley

I grew up in a neither/nor world that cannot be stereotyped as a typically “white American childhood.” I was born in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, and when I turned three, we moved back to Mahomet, Illinois in the American Midwest. After three years, we moved to Santiago, the capital city of Chile. Read more>>

Tony Pronzy Perez

Being Puerto Rican, you are Afro-Latino, which means you descend from three different diasporas, African(West Coast), Indigenous(Taino), and European(Spain). Read more>>

Fadil Cantave

I started playing music at the age of four years old, covering old Bob Marley songs and playing sing-alongs from my favorite Disney films. Read more>>

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