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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.

Trey Graves

I’m aiming to bridge the gap between the listening musician and listening non-musician. I’ve been making music that’s therapeutic for me and hopefully, it’s also therapeutic to those that relate to it and the story behind it. I think success is making a sustaining a connecting with another individual through your music. Whether it be a note, word, story, emotion, etc. Read more>>

Damien Hoar de Galvan

I studied behavioral science but by my senior year I was spending a good deal of my time in the art building and that’s where I really began to consider art as something I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. After graduating in 2001, I moved to Portland, OR briefly and then back to Boston. Read more>>

Ru Toulon

My favorite part of my journey was when I started creating my own characters and even giving them stories or hints of a story. My high school friends really liked them and were always eager to see what I was working on. Then, before my last few years of high school in Dominica, we moved to Boston. Moving to Boston was hard, I left my friends and other family and had to readjust to a “new way of life.” Read more>>

Zach Horn

I was raised outside of Philadelphia and I studied at the University of Pennsylvania for my BA, and at Boston University for my MFA. I appreciate the breadth of my education, having studied a little International Relations and Classical Mythology along with Painting Techniques. Artists now are responsible as much for their conceptual concerns and communication strategies as much as the fluidity of their brushstrokes. Read more>>


She was introduced to music by her father and grandmother, both casual musicians of their time and their love of She began piano lessons at the age of five and had her first opportunity to sing in her church at the age of six. From there, she made it her mission to learn and understand music. Dalaun has attended performing arts schools since junior high and most recently attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business/Management in May. Read more>>

Jason Coney

My passion for art has always been there, starting when I was young drawing on the more traditional side, and as I continued to grow, I switched over to the to digital side as a Multimedia Artist(including digital photography). I would have to say that furthering my education was one of the biggest factors in my progress as an artist, even now as a professional I continue to learn. Read more>>

Kristina Carroll

I began volunteering at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art and advertising at game shops to draw people’s D&D characters for them. (At that point, I hadn’t really figured out how to use the Internet for much more than MySpace, chat rooms and Livejournal.) This led me to curate shows and landing in a (very, very) indie documentary about D&D. Read more>>

Mosheh Tucker

My love for art making was birthed from my very first political piece. It was my senior year in high school, the piece was four feet tall, and seven feet wide, a chalk pastel drawing representing pride in my identity, this drawing attracted so much attention, people put their feuds aside just to gather and see this piece. Read more>>

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>>

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