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Thought-Provokers: Fenway, Symphony & Jamaica Plain

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 Fenway, Symphony & Jamaica Plain that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Rob Crean

For the last 14 years I’ve been producing stand up comedy shows in Boston and Cambridge. including the #mideastcorn open mic, The Gas at Great Scott, Improv Boston’s Night Cap and 8 O’Clock at 730. Read more>>

Nayib Isaie

My oldest memory is of sitting in a car with my dad on the way to grab Micky D’s, listening to a Bob Marley tune, We were both smiling, bobbing our heads, and singing along. I remember thinking a thought along the lines of “Wow, this is powerful stuff.” Read more>>

Emma Leavitt, Solei Arts

As I developed my own artistic practice, I also got involved in a volunteer cultural collective called Brain Arts, which organizes shows, a website, a newspaper, a flea market and now an art gallery in Dorchester! Read more>>

Keith Maddy

Always have been a creative person from childhood. Pursued theater in high school and college taking me all the way to London for studies and ultimately returning to the Boston area and applying to Massachusetts College of Art where I received a BFA w/distinction in 1994. Read more>>

Lisa Lang

I paint serious stuff too, but I get most excited about subject matter that makes me giggle. I like drawing people and animals the most. I want to capture your essence and turn it into a perverse caricature. Read more>>

Salvadora McCaffrey

My mom is an integral person to my story, as I would be absolutely nothing without her. She could make an empty sheet of paper a personalized coloring page within minutes using only a black ink pen. Read more>>

Mary Hughes

My painting career began when I was 10. While in Maine with my grandparents, my grandmother, a professional seamstress and an amateur painter, gave me a postcard of the Atlantic coast with a wave crashing on rocks. I meticulously copied the image in oil and so my love of painting began. Read more>>

Marvin Smith

I first picked up a camera to help my brother with his clothing brand by taking pictures. I loved it I went out and bought my own camera literally the next day. I carried that camera everywhere and took pictures of every and anything. Read more>>

Laura McCune-Poplin

I’ve been reading voraciously since I can remember, but I have no memory of writing until the fourth grade, when I wrote my first book, using contact paper for the cover and colored pencils for the illustrations, about a little girl who was lost. Read more>>

Magda Fernandez

I did not become an artist by following the typical path. Although I excelled at making art while growing up, I rebelled against that expectation by the time I entered college. As an immigrant from Cuba who grew up in the United States in a conservative family. Read more>>

Lisa Fliegel

“It’s all really the same thing. You’re trying to get to the core, to the truth of a story, trying to figure out why things turn out the way they do and how they might change for the better. In either case if people don’t trust you, you can’t do your job — so you have to figure out how to build an alliance.” Read more>>

Cindy Lu

After doing a lot of exploration, I realized that what I really wanted to do was art. This was a pretty disturbing conclusion to me, because being a fairly practical person, I never would have quit my job to do art. Read more>>

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