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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.

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>>

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>>

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