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Thought-Provokers: Dorchester

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

LJ -Baptiste

I loved to read and taught myself the basics of character design and learning to adapt to different styles. My love of reading (and kids’ book series like Captain Underpants) led me over to creating comic books that I’d give out to my classmates and friends. Read more>>

Darryn Adams

Photography truly starts for me in middle school with my tiny, prepaid flip-phone. It was a warm, sun-kissed afternoon and I was in the company of my mother, friend, and her father. I had taken a photo of the just on top of my mother’s rustic Honda car. Read more>>

Angelica Timas

My journey as Fashion Designer started pretty late in my life. As I look into the path I took to be where I am now, I can say it has been quite a ride. It all started as a hobby, if fact I still consider my business to be a hobby today. Following graduation from high school I wanted pursue fashion. Read more>>

Pat Henderson

I fell in love with video work back in high school. I took as many hours of video production as I could and one of the videos I made back still gets played there. I went to college and switched my focus to marketing because I didn’t want a career in movies or news which seemed to be the only two options at the time. Read more>>

Sublime Luv and Amber Williams

I call myself a black lesbian womanist that always speaks my truth and I believe that the “personal is political.” I am a member of ‘Team Be Spoken,’ located at the ‘if you can Feel it you can Speak it’ Open Mic at the Milky Way (in Jamaica Plain) every second Thursday of the month. Read more>>

Gabriel Sands

I moved from drawing to painting, to writing short stories, back to drawing, and never really go into photography until high school. There I took graphic design and started to explore my creative more in depth. Read more>>

Mary Kenny

I haven’t always been an artist. It wasn’t until I was 5 yrs old when I saw a program on PBS where a man showed you how to draw a dog. It seemed like magic to me and so my obsession began. I grew up in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, one of seven children. Read more>>

Nora Valdez

For me Art has no walls, no borders, no country. I travel to where I can continue to work and serve the community. Art is a universal language that empowers and shapes communities. Read more>>

Barbara Ishikura

Around the time I turned 50, it became clear to me that I needed to get serious about making art, so I started painting every day, applied to shows, went to the Vermont Studio Center, and finally, I did an MFA at MassArt. My experience at MassArt was transformative; I loved every minute of it. Read more>>

Ray “LR” Hawk

My mother on the other hand loved R&B records and put me onto groups like the Jackson 5, New Edition, Destiny’s child etc. Growing up I also loved writing poems but those eventually turned into raps. I grew up on the Lox, 50 Cent, DMX, Eminem and groups like OutKast so I always want my music/art to stand out. Read more>>

Daphne Confar

I like to travel, maybe because I grew up as a ‘navy brat’ and we moved around the country or maybe because my dad would tell me stories of different places he’d been, or from hearing the stories that my grandmothers would tell of their childhoods in far away lands. Read more>>


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