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Thought-Provokers: Cambridge

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

Sylvia Tomayko-Peters

I learned a lot through trial and error in the early days of Middle Dune, building off of the strong foundation in printmaking that I gained from my mother. I didn’t plan to end up where I am, I just followed the natural course of asking the questions, “What am I good at? What do I enjoy?” Read more>>

Cherie Mittenthal

Working mainly in the non-profit world, Directing an Arts and Education Programs for Inner City kids in 2 elementary schools, I briefly worked for Hartford Public Schools and moved to Provincetown, Cape Cod for a job as Executive Director for Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill in 2002.. And I am still there! Read more>>

Sarah Martin

I suppose my story starts the same as many other creatives, in the sense that I was passionate about art but hesitant to pursue it, as I considered it too impractical. Because of this, I took time off between high school and college to travel, and to decide what my future, stable job would be. Read more>>

Lindaluz Carrillo

My work is influenced by Peruvian textile patterns, graffiti elements, and urban culture to create a story about her customs, traditions, and values. A lot of my designs reflects topics like self-love, growth, and resilience. I have done creative arts projects within my community and youth members through the city of Hartford. Read more>>

Asanda Madikane

Settle for what exactly? I could never be able to justify or explain, they had to see it for themselves. They had to know, what it takes to live a life, that was governed by your own ability to change the world and your selves. That life is truly for the brave. I love singing, I love performing, I love writing, I love creating, it is the very essence of who I am. I am in my best element. Read more>>

Blake Swanson

I love what I do, and being able to create every day feels like I am right where I should be. A big part of my life is still learning more about photography and how I can express myself through photos. I use instagram as a place to post various parts of my life through photos I take as well as ones taken of me, and am also currently working on a blog. Read more>>

Tyler-James Kelly

I am self taught mostly. All the best stuff anyway. Ha. I have performed in many bands and outfits over the years finally leading me to take a leap on starting a band with a more challenging and serious direction. The Silks have been together for 7 years or so. Still without help or management of any kind we continue to strive to perform for larger audiences band challenge ourself musically and creatively. Read more>>

Tori Hall

I’d say the project started around August of 2017. Under no title, I played a house show with just a three song set(I believe it was 2 originals and a Sylvan Esso cover). The idea of doing a solo project was something I’d thought about for some time, but after that gig I felt more confident in making it a reality. Read more>>

Cutting Ties

Our story starts at 150 Massachusetts Avenue in the summer of 2017. We all had just moved to Boston from different parts of the United States to study music at Berklee. We were some of the first people we each met during orientation week. We got together to jam and after that first jam session, we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted to do. So, we started trying to find shows around Boston and the Northeast. Read more>>

Mike Morrissey

I’ve been playing guitar and writing songs and making photographs in the greater Boston area for the past 17 years. I am 29 and living in Somerville, MA. I publish music under my name, Mike Morrissey, and my work can be found on Spotify and other streaming services. Read more>>

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