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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.

Tom Fahey

I tend to mostly create artwork using sound, but in truth, I will use any medium depending on what the concept is calling for and how it will best be achieved by me. I love sound art, experimental music, digital art, video art, multimedia installation, ink drawing, wood carving, instrument building, painting, altar making, ritual-making, event planning as well as stagecraft and spacecraft. Read more>>

Chau Ngo

No matter what I did or tried to do, I always found myself back at the drawing board, where I let my 5-year-old mind roam free. There, I brainstormed and drew up fantastical ideas to make my parents’ lives better and happier. Because we were not too well off, I found myself making my parents gifts, during holidays or during the days that I knew they had to work extra shifts to bring home extra money. Read more>>


I always had the love for music. I grew up listening to just about everything. I’m Haitian so a company was in full effect in my household, but there were various genres were played growing up, from George Clinton, Sade, Micheal Jackson & the Jackson 5 to Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Biggie, etc… Brooklyn in the early 90’s was noting nice my brother Jeff & I saw our fair share at a young age. Walking home from school you could find bullet shells cutting through the school, bad enough you could hear the shots go off all night. Read more>

Sravani Kethireddy

I have my own versions of everything I see, hear and feel and I try to bring them out in my paintings. It is more than just a pretty picture, it is what I am, what I felt and how it affected me, it is a process of exposing my vulnerable self to the world while trying to strike a balance. Read more>>

Chanel Thervil

I was always drawing at home and doodling in class but I never thought much of that. Towards the end of high school, I went to a museum for the first time and it changed my life. I couldn’t believe that there were whole places dedicated to showcasing and relating artwork to important topics in society. Read more>>

Noemi Saafyr Paz

Art has been the fuel and medicine to surviving and thriving in this world. I have always loved art and healing. My soul has been connected to this process for my whole life. I grew up writing a lot of short stories and poetry. I wrote my dreams out, poems for my friends, and eventually, it became a deep form of therapy. Read more>>

Christopher Konopka

I’ve found that every avenue I’ve decided to walk down, whether it be audio or video, always leads back to cataloging my own experiences of empathy by observing individualized personal histories. And it generally leads to the questions, how can I properly represent this moment in time and how can I make someone feel this exact emotion? Read more>>

Jennifer Sher

I started to put time aside for me and my art. It made realize that if I take care of my soul and my mind I could be a better wife and mom. And I came to find out I’m actually pretty good at it. 🙂 I love that while I am doing something that I really find inspiring and fulfilling am also encouraging my girls. Read more>>

Juleen Jones

I was fortunate enough to be talented in two areas; dance and art. I studied dance, ballet mainly for ten years. It wasn’t until knee injuries forced me to stop dancing and so in my late teens I focused more on art. My older sister went to art school, so support was there. Read more>>

Frandy Suero

I pride myself in saying that I am a self-taught artist, especially because the things I make are all so well received by my friends and family. I was raised in the Dominican Republic. When I was 8 my family migrated to the states in search of a more fulfilling life and economic stability. Read more>>

Bay Holla, Sharell Jacobs

I am currently a fulltime case manager for youth opportunity students in the Dorchester community, as a well as a full-time student earning my graduate degree in Urban Planning and Development. I chose this profession to help decrease the gentrification happening in Boston communities. Read more>>

Parker Ousley

I knew I was onto something when I began to develop a unique sound characterized by intricate pizzicato and strumming patterns. Before long I was singing and playing simultaneously and working to identify new roles for the cello in contemporary music. Read more>>

Adam Fowler

My entire life I’ve had a compulsion to make work to get out my frustrations and to relax but at some point, I realized it was a desire to have a conversation with people. Growing up I loved seeing the work of the Abstract Expressionist painters like Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and Mark Rothko. Read more>>

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