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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.

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>>

Bicycle Inn

We (Noah Aguiar, Declan Moloney and Joshua Carrascal) all met through Waters Church’s youth ministry worship band about 2 years ago. We had been playing together for awhile and decided one day to take it further and become an band. Read more>>

Saundra Goodman

After about a good 10 years of making functional items, I felt I’d had my fill of scarves, hats, vests, afghans and the like. I wanted something more of crochet. I wanted to explore the limits of what I could do with this wonderful handwork. I wanted to use it as a medium to express myself. Read more>> 

Travis Karpak

I’ve always had a love for music. Needless to say I enjoy a lot of different styles and genres. I knew I wanted to be apart of music in some way for my career and since I never really had the drive to actually practice and master an instrument I decided engineering was the next best thing. Read more>>

Hannah Nahas

Getting older I found myself needing an outlet for all my thinking and curiosity, and I was unsure of the shape that would take. Read more>>


I have been at Exotic Flowers in Boston since birth. Family business. Working with flowers and sending awesome floral tributes makes my day, every day. I enjoy cooking, reading, red wine, baseball and spending time with my family. Read more>>

Addison J. Brown

As a young moviegoer I remember the occasions where I wasn’t enthralled with the movie I was watching but rather a singular dust beam of light, flickering in accordance with the screen. Read more>>

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