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Thought-Provokers: North End & Downtown

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 North End & Downtown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jamie-Lee Dimes

A haunting and melancholic whisper, transcending beyond the graves of 60’s rock and roll – Jamie-Lee Dimes authentically embodies an entire generation’s obsession with nostalgia. Read more>>

Tara Blackwell

I started focusing my energy on working within schools and the community to help young people to overcome obstacles and find their passions. Inadvertently, I had let go of my own. Read more>>

Sally Cooper

The story of my photography begins with the birth of a new era. I was there at the beginning of social sharing, the iPhone and the birth of apps like Instagram. My whole life changed on April 23, 2005, the day I gave birth to my first daughter. Read more>>

Darren Johnson

I have been making more singular pieces and mixing mediums such as spray paint, acrylic paint, using fabrics and playing with metallics and overlays. Its been really fun discovering new ways to make stuff. Read more>>

Stephanie Vegliante

After years of begging my sister to model for me and photographing friends and family, my hobby transformed into a small business before I graduated high school. I went on to study photography at Point Park University and also studied photography abroad. Read more>>

Chris Kelly

I got my start as a creative with REAX Music Magazine. Through the magazine, I began to design ad’s and build layouts. I’ve worked as a display artist with Urban Outfitters, a graphic designer in Chicago with different magazines. Read more>>

Jose Santos

Jose Lucas Santos is first a generation Portuguese-American. In 1952 his parents, both the eldest of several children, immigrated to Ludlow, MA from the farming town of Evora, Alcobaça, Portugal. With little formal education and limited knowledge of the English language, Mr. Santos’ parents were only able to find work in the factories. Read more>>

Katie Jann Ciccarelli

For me, this meant working on my music and getting outdoors more. Not many people heard from me, I kept very private throughout this journey because if nothing else, it was just a time for me to grow and settle into the person I was becoming. Read more>>

Eric Johnson

My entire life, I dreamed, yearned, and disputed the tangible reality that I could be an artist, more specificity a painter. My childhood was filled with drawing, miles of paper covered that would never be seen by anyone other than myself. Read more>>

Alex Gerasev

I did not envision that I would one day be in America, in the cold, with snow collecting in my hair. But my focus on art and what it means to be an artist has not changed, even as I, and the world around me, continue to. Read more>>

Rachel Buckley

I have always had a passion for art; art history, architecture, movies, illustrations, writing…you name it. As a child, when my classmates were taking ballet and gymnastics, I was enrolled in private art classes. Read more>>

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