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Inspiring Stories from Roxbury

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 Roxbury and surrounding areas below.

Nicole Sage

I come from a very creative family so, from a young age, I was exposed to all forms of art. It was about 20 years ago, however, that I first fell in love with clay and knew it would always be a part of my life. My high school art teacher had only one kick wheel and a couple electric wheels which not many of the kids took advantage of, but I remember that was the only place I wanted to be and couldn’t get enough. Read more>>

Troi Lewis-Huff

Last May, my cousin, Kris Nevaeh Tyler, took me to an event that was apart of an organization for models and photographers called Girl Magic Meets! She took many beautiful pictures of me and from that day on I became very interested in modeling. We do shoots with that organization all of the time and we do our own separate shoots. I can be shy in front of the camera, at first, but after I get comfortable it’s almost as if it comes naturally. I’ve never been into modeling because I didn’t think I was pretty enough for it. Since then, my self-esteem has gone up tremendously and modeling is one of my favorite things to do— besides dance and sing. Read more>>

John Rego

Growing up I always had an interest in art. When I was a child, I took classes once a week at Don’s Art Shop in Warren, Rhode Island. I loved the classes, and they helped spark my creative endeavors. I remember Don awarding a student each week with a prize (usually a colored micron pen). Read more>>

Scott Everton

I’m a native Bostonian from the Dorchester neighborhood. I had aspirations to become an optometrist and after graduating high school began community college to fill pre-requisites to apply for medical school. When it came time to apply for Optometry school, I learned I wouldn’t be able to afford the application fees or schooling. Read more>>

Stephanie Houten

I am an artist working in interdisciplinary, time-based and photographic media, and I have worked hard since I was a teenager to reach this amazing point in my life where I can utilize my creativity and knowledge to not only make a living but to also contribute to the growing people’s movement in Boston and beyond. Read more>>

Haleigh Roy

I grew up outside Boston in a small town called Tewksbury – famous for the Market Basket strike- the only exciting thing to happen there in 30 years. For high school, I went to a technical school where I spent every other week in DVC (design and visual communication arts). In that vocation, there was a strong divide between who was going to continue their art past high school and those that weren’t.  Read More >>

Brian Cartier

As a kid, art was just my thing. During recess, I drew- during class, I drew (which I often got in trouble for). My older brother was and is very talented when I was young, and I was always comparing myself to him. I wasn’t good at sports and wasn’t very popular. Read more>>

Jameel Johnson

I’ve always been into arts growing up, whether it was music, painting, writing, dancing, designing, cooking, etc. I just like to create. I didn’t know I’d be wanting to pursue music as a child, but I always wanted to do something in the entertainment world. When I was a teen, I started getting into writing, but never really took it anywhere, nor did I have the resources to bring my music to life. Read more>>

Jacqueline San Jose

4 years ago I would never imagine that I would be the person I am today. All my life I’ve been very involved in the arts; whether it was painting with my grandma, performing with my high schools marching band, singing at an open mic, or just sketching in my sketchbook, I loved indulging in the creative world. Read more>>

Robin Moreau

I am originally from Belgium, but I’ve lived internationally my entire life. I grew up in Thailand, Mexico, the United States, and China. Along the way, I managed to learn to speak English, French, and Spanish fluently. Read more>>

Bing Broderick

Haley House began in 1966 when Kathe and John McKenna reached out and gave shelter in their apartment to men who were struggling on the streets of the South End. Read more>>

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