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Thought-Provokers: Downtown

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

Jessica Tomasin

I’ve spent the last 13 years helping other artists create their works of art.I am all about using art to inspire and influence change. Most of us at some point in our lives have had a piece of art that has impacted our lives in some profound ways. Maybe it’s a song that helped you get through a rough time in your childhood. For me, I remember hearing the song Ooh Child by the Five Stair steps. Read more>>

Minori Hinds

My main focus now is stand-up though I’m passionate about music, dance, writing, and performing in general. I think a lot of my act tries to point out the silences and shadow sides of ourselves and world to mock it in hopes that it may somehow contribute to people being more compassionate to themselves, each other, and the planet. Read more>>

Dj Johnnie Dynamite

The entire culture and everything surrounding spinning and collecting records have always burned with an intense passion. From a youth making mixtapes with my mothers “component stereo stack”, to later getting my own hand me down turntables and finally evolving to professional equipment, the drive to create and tell stories with songs and melodies have always been something I love to do. Read more>>

Triana Arnold James

Business owner Pastor Arnold-James through her Doctorate, at the heart of her ministry is the founder of The Susan Jolley Awareness Program, which brings awareness and education to all women on the impact and prevention of cervical cancer and those gynecological cancers that effects women. Read more>>

Sierra Bush

My passion for art began as a child, starting as a way to entertain myself. I drew for amusement after finishing class assignments (or not doing them at all) and during church services, sketching layouts of the pulpits and anything else that caught my attention. My interests were in reflecting what I saw every day, including what I watched on television. Read more>>

YayoDrippin

I’ve always loved music growing up. A lot of my homies were artist and producers, and I always enjoyed seeing the process of creating music. I’d say maybe by age 14 I wanted to give it a try but honestly never thought I could do it. I dropped out of high school when I was 16 and didn’t have much direction. I was lost, really. I had no idea what I wanted in life. Read more>>

Lil J Lé Flame

Even as a kid, I’ve always been the creative, witty type. Always thinking of phrases or responses in hopes of getting a reaction that made people laugh or at the very least put a smile on their face. I originally had a passion for Theater and Dramatic Acting so I pursued an education in the Performing Arts as early as High School (Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts). Read more>>

Ciara Sanders

I started my Instagram back in 2013, when Instagram just became hot, as a social media app. I was doing Rihanna fan art, and people would repost and tag Rihanna in my artwork. It got to the point where she finally followed me on Instagram! Even though I was ecstatic that she followed me, I was like “what’s next?” So I decided to go earn my bachelors degree at the University of Louisiana. Read more>>

Damone Tyrell

My story is boring for the most part, a typical, cliche story about a boy who fell in love with music at a young age through his mother’s influence. Pursued it, failed at it, kept going and later triumphed in all his pursuits, although I haven’t reached the latter part yet, I can predict how it’s all going to play out. I have sort of an omniscient feeling about these things as they pertain to me. Read more>>

Shawn Wayne

I’m a man of many talents. I run a media company called Gway-TV. TheGway was the name of my radio show here in ATL. When I left radio, I started off interviewing artists around Atlanta at different showcase and events. After months of doing that, I started doing my own events for indie artists and up and coming comedians in the Atlanta area. Read more>>

Taylor Zorzi

My interest in photography and videography started at a young age. My friends and I were always running around with cameras making home movies. Also, my mom is a photographer and was always taking photos of us. I remember always being fascinated with the process of film photography. Read more>>

Kathryn Gag

I spent my free time sketching and drawing and began taking watercolor painting lessons in junior high, which I continued throughout high school. I received a BFA from Auburn University with a focus in graphic design and illustration. Upon graduation, I went to work as a graphic designer in South Carolina but began painting (in acrylic) in earnest, selling my work through galleries and commissions. Read more>>

Kelly Eason

I always knew that I wanted to model, and when I saw the creative scene in Atlanta, I felt that this dream was an actual possibility. I moved to the city about three years ago, and I’ve only been modeling for a little more than six months now. I knew that this was what I always wanted to do, but it was really hard to put myself out there at first. Read more>>

Shane Romero

My main avenue of creativity is spoken word. That is where I draw my creative vision from for the work I design for the major companies I do work for. Poetry allows you to bend the norms see the world in unconventional ways, which helps me create other bodies of work. Read more>>

Yasmin Donkor

Through the mentorship of my father from the early ages of my childhood, I each product of the Essence of Vitality line of products. The vision and motivation of my father was to help everyone, everywhere with bettering their health. Read more>>

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