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Thought-Provokers: Roxbury

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

Cathartic Conundrum

Cathartic Conundrum started from a conversation in the Boston University Bay State dining hall in 2016 between composers Anaís Azul (singer-songwriter) and Jesse Colford(Saxophone). This was after they performed with BU’s salsa band and felt like they loved the energy of playing in a band but wanted to perform original work. Read more>>

Jason Smith

I started drawing at a very young age. At community college I was encouraged to pursue art much more seriously. I graduated in December 2010 from URI Summa cum laude with a bachelors in Fine Arts and concentrations in drawing, printmaking (Intaglio and stone lithography) and digital art & design. Read more>>


Art has been an influence in my life from a young age. My father, an English professor at the Universidad Latina de Panama was an artist and taught me how to draw and think creatively from the age of 4. I’d draw everything from cartoons I liked to houses I wish I could live in and there came my love for portraits. Read more>>

Joab Fuertes

Coming from an artistic background, my journey began the moment I decided to go full time with photography. After trying many jobs, in a variety of industries, I quickly realized something special once I got behind the lens. With a few family parties and events, my portfolio grew quickly. Read more>>

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