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Thought-Provokers: Brookline, Brighton, Allston

Boston 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 Back Bay, Beacon Hill & South End that we hope you will check out, follow and support.


Through my own experience as an openly gay, type 1 diabetic, half deaf musician, it is my goal to present my own stories and demonstrate how all people can connect and join together through this wonderful journey we call life. Read more>>


Evan has become one of the city’s most prominent rising artists over the past two years. Primarily an alternative hip-hop artist and producer, he has become known for his stylistic diversity and energetic delivery within his vein of hip hop. Founding the Eppi Pen music group at only fifteen years old. Read more>>

Mel Taing

Painting and drawing eventually led me to photography when I was thirteen. The internet changed everything for me. Platforms like Flickr and Tumblr exposed me to a beautiful, visual world and the possibility of living as an artist. Read more>>

Glory Daze Ryan

Traveling and photography became my two biggest passions in life. I graduated from Arizona State with my BFA and since then, have traveled all over the world documenting my way with photography and videography as my mediums. Read more>>

Will Bradford

SeepeopleS started as a band in 2000 in Boston, MA. The members all lived in the Allston, Brighton, Brookline area and it played its first gigs at Harper’s Ferry, now called the Brighton Music Hall. In 2002, the band released its debut album, recorded at the now defunct Renaissance Studio. Read more>>

Riju Kumar

About 2.5 years back, I had been laid-off from work and had just lost my father. I guess it was a way to deal with the grief and with plenty of time on my hands, I started shooting… a lot. I went to a number of photography meet-ups, met like-minded people and eventually my wife too got involved. Read more>>

Nicole Coogan and Jeremiah Louf

With every song we write together, I feel that we keep evolving and becoming stronger by pushing each other’s comfort levels and learning from each other. With that said, I can’t wait for you all to hear what we manage to come up with next. Read more>>

Sawool Kim

I had focused on watercolor paintings and drawings, and prepared a university entrance exam for two years to get into art college. I majored in painting during my undergrad years and started oil painting. After graduation, I moved to Boston in order to experience different art programs and applied to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Read more>>

Joseph Kameen

I want to continue to pass on the opportunities that I was given, and I have been lucky enough to pursue a career as a professor. Working with students also feeds back into my studio practice, and motivates me to be as knowledgeable in my field as possible. Read more>>

Brendan Dahill

My style has evolved pretty dramatically since then, I used to take almost exclusively urban photos in and around Boston. My interests have dramatically changed since those days living in the dorms, which isn’t a bad thing. My focus has changed and I love sharing each photo because each photo captures an experience. Read more>>

Louis Meola

Believe it or not, I went to a liberal arts college with a small art department. For the first two years, I was studying art education because I was under the impression that only art teachers made money in the art world. I cannot thank my mentors at Emmanuel College enough for changing my opinion. Read more>>

Shoshannah White

I studied photography and art history and spent a lot of time in the painting department – all of which has impacted my work. After school, I made my way back north circuitously and found a “summer” job in Maine over 20 years ago. I’ve been here ever since. Read more>>

Jussi Reijonen

In both simplest and most complicated terms, I’m a third culture musician, a guitarist, oudist, composer and arranger who was born in Finland, grew up in the Middle East and East Africa, and attempts to make sense of it all and explore questions of identity and connection through music. Read more>>

Katia Wish

Unlike many artists, many years passed between the moment I first discovered my love of painting and when I had a genuine opportunity to develop my skills and voice as an artist. When I finally had that chance, I took it, and haven’t looked back since. Read more>>

Lev Freedman

I owe so much to my friends and teachers here; I wouldn’t be who I am today without them. Berklee is a really beautiful place, problems and all. I feel lucky. I think what I learned from all this is there’s a point growing up where you realize the only thing stopping you from succeeding is yourself. That’s why I write every day. Read more>>

Courtney Stock

My love of art started with photography. I was interested in material-based analog processes that produced unique photographic objects, like tintypes, Polaroid’s, and hand-tinted silver gelatin prints. Photography allowed me to share a slice of my life experience through a process that connected me with a lineage of artists before me. Read more>>

Alexandria Smith

My career-defining moment came when I received a phone call in 2013 that I was awarded the Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship. I cried tears of joy because I knew then that my art career would forever be changed. Read more>>

Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship

I try to demonstrate in the paint the processes from which creativity springs: that high art can come from anywhere, have lowly beginnings. I want the privilege of sharing the pain and joy with those who already know and profess to those who do not yet know that the core of creative work comes from one’s earliest experiences. Read more>>

Toft Willingham

For me, it was time to face the next chapter of my life, but I will be forever grateful for the sixteen years I spent there. And I will always consider Boston the incubator that made me the artist that I am today. Read more>>

Katya Kaminsky

I started in musical theatre. When I was younger I was always that kid that would find a stage and perform a full song and dance, whether it was appropriate or not. I was heavily involved in theatre and choir, taking part in community theatre and school productions. Read more>>

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