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Thought-Provokers: Mattapan

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

Vylette Music

I found myself writing RnB themed songs and vibes over heavy Hip Hop beats, the type of beats the average RnB singer would stay away from. I was raised on Funk and West Coast Hip Hop so my love for heavy drums and bass were embedded in me at a young age. Read more>>

Mykael Tucker

My father was an artist, so he inspired me to pursue art. I Experienced eight years of academic training in fine arts and received a BFA in 2017 at Lesley University College of Art and Design. I was also awarded Certified Artist Boston Artist in 2017. Read more>>

Kam’ Geez

I used the streets as a tool to find myself as well. Been through ups and downs through this journey, I continue to explore but is the reasoning and inspiration behind my music. I love when I see the people feel or party to my pain gives me the motivation to keep going. Read more>>

Janita Ducharme

Portrait photography started off as a way to support my photography habit and then grew into another way for me to communicate with the people around me. My favorite portraits are the ones that show someone how truly beautiful they are, especially if they were unable to notice it themselves. Read more>>


For me, there is freedom in things that cannot be undone. Creation is born out of permanent marks and mistakes. I read, I watch, I listen. I apply that which I consume onto the paper and enjoy the adventure of navigating the chaos of a committed line. Read more>>

Rocky Cotard

I had a growing imagination which led me to Boston Arts Academy for High School. That school gave me a passion for the arts and an ability to explore playfully. Leaving that place I felt equipped and ready to speak through my work, and that is what I did when I got to Lesley University. Read more>>

Nyce Franklyn

I was just a haitian kid moving around from Mattapan to Randolph and found myself in Cali for some years. Learned alot on this journey of life from the streets to the beats. Read more>>

M.I.L.E.S Kirkland

As I was a “PK” aka preacher’s kid. I played drums, as well. I played around with music, [freestyling, etc.]. But never actually recorded. I started taking it serious, at 20/21. It’s been my full focus and go to since then. Transforming and perfecting my craft as a: artist, songwriter, drummer & podcaster. Read more>>

Phoenix Soul-Fire

The unleashing of my creative being began as a little girl. I spent a lot of time with my great grandmother, “Abuela” (who is still fabulously kicking). We used to walk to the park, pond, playground, you name, and collect small bits of nature to take home and paint. Read more>>

David Bello Jr.

With that being said, family means everything to me because of how much effort my parents have put in to make sure that at the end of every single day we still each other. My mother taught me how to love unconditionally no matter what stands in the way and how valuable caring for other is. Read more>>

M. Louise Stanley

My earliest teacher was my father who took me landscape painting as a child. Growing up in So California I visited the Huntington Library and Museum on my bike to check out the ‘next page’ of their Guttenberg Bible each month. Read more>>

Russell Boyle

Though my love for the stage burned brightly, I soon became disenchanted by the theatre business, and committed more to drawing and painting with periodic excursions into drag, acting and directing. Read more>>

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