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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.

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>>

Daniel Gaviani

My spirit was fed magic and determination by a beautiful mother who raised me single-handedly. Although I knew my spirit craved to be a creator of beautiful things, I didn’t want to disappoint my mom. I felt I needed to go to college and find a career in a professional industry. Read more>>

Anna Rock

Perpetually seduced by both science and art, I flit between the laboratory and my studio, intoxicated by curiosity and compelled to investigate. Since I was young, I loved learning through incessant questioning and delighted in making art from discarded objects around my house or my classmates’ discarded papers. 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>>

Fran Smith

Believe it or not it all started because of Myspace. Really, I just wanted a profile photo not of flip phone quality. I started with what we now refer to as a “selfie” which really was my first self-portrait. If I’m not mistaken it was a Sony and compact! Read more>>

Daniel Irvin

I have has always been surrounded by photography, thanks to my mother always capturing every moment of our family’s lives on film. I grew up with a love for drawing, which eventually turned into painting, then transitioned to computer graphics, and ultimately into what I truly enjoy doing now. Read more>>

Nick Lambrakis

These days, I focus more energy on staying present and attempting to be conscientious of how I can alter my reality. I think that affects a lot of my work–I’m very interested in World building, finding ways to expose how exciting and interesting life can be through reframing. Read more>>

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