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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.

Moises Ortiz

Discovering graffiti in 1994, allowed me to discover a whole new perspective of plastic arts, every aspect of it was fascinating to me. From that moment I knew my future was in the arts field. It was not going to be easy to have a future as an artist with only a strong desire and natural abilities, So I decided to go to university and study art and design. Read more>>

Rich Ferri

I started, as many filmmakers do, as a musician. I learned HTML not for love of code, but as a utility to make my high school band’s website/myspace look professional. I learned audio engineering not for love of gear, but as a utility to make affordable recordings. So when the full-length record fell out of demand in place of singles and live-performance videos, I learned how to shoot and edit video. Read more>>

Lily Vachon

I ended up attending school in Providence, Rhode Island. This decision put me straight in the middle where I had opportunities to travel to Boston and New York City. At the start of college, I started my modeling career and connected with photographers, creatives and emerging designers in the Boston and Providence areas. Soon after, I branched out and started doing work in New York as well. My network grew, so did my friendships and opportunities. Read more>>

Kenneth Beane

All of my care happens at MGH. I try to bring my camera with me to my appointments so I can shoot afterwards. I’ve always been fascinated with photography. In high school, I would buy film cameras and just take pictures of everything. The love grew with the invention of the smartphone. But it wasn’t until I had to take a break from work due to health reasons that I decided to pursue photography even more. I would sit down and Google everything and take notes as well as watch a number of YouTube videos. Read more>>

Nikola Stajic

I am not sure if this is coming from my memory or from my mothers’ stories, but my brain cells project the image of a three-years-old me while enjoying classical music on the channel 2 of the Radio Television of Serbia. I remember the fascination and chills, the feeling I still experience when listening to good music. I started playing piano at the age of five, but three years later my love towards guitar took over. Read more>>

Jesse Kahn

I grew up the child of northerners in the south, a secular Jew surrounded by Protestants, gay in a straight world. These out of place experiences almost always inform my art. Politics and social awareness are also very much a part of my background and practice, though not always in an obvious way. Read more>>

Sophia Moon

Music was my first love. Because resources were scarce and music (and art) discouraged over academics, I taught myself to use the full range of my voice to express a world of emotions. I started performing on stage at the age of 10, and writing songs and melodies as a teenager.  I spent two decades of moonlighting as an independent songwriter, performer, and recording artist, and I stepped back from it to start a family, travel, and explore other creative mediums. Read more>>

Danny Rivera

A creator out of Hartford, CT. I enjoy creating anything with photography and videos. I mostly work with a lot of music artists since music is my passion and I enjoy being around good music and good people. Sometimes, I get in a funk when it comes to creating and I feel like it’s probably because I’m not where I want to be yet. Read more>>

Geoffrey Rosenthal

In my free time, I researched music. I knew that a lot was going on behind the scenes. That alone was very intriguing to me. Now that I had a band, I had to figure out how to get shows. That Summer, I became close with my best friend NiiAfflah Barnor. He rapped, and I made beats on GarageBand. This was all that we needed. Read more>>

Nicholas Wainer

I started to experiment with Photoshop and my pictures. I later fell in love with long exposures after a shutter speed assignment from photography club in high school, here is where I learned the powers and excitement of light manipulation in photos and the wonders of night photography. Read more>>

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