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Thought-Provokers: Boca Raton

Miami 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 Boca Raton that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

WAASIKeso

Originally we started as Solo artists looking to leave our own legacies. We met during our sophomore year of college, ironically through music. We made this makeshift studio in one of our homies dorms & we called it “Slide Studios.” This is where we started to build our bond as friends and eventually brother’s. Read more>>

Raheleh Filsoofi

I was born in Tehran, Iran. The story of my childhood is an account of growing up in a time that my country was torn in two different ways. Initially, there was a revolution — an internal struggle that tore apart a country that itself was in the midst of modernization; and then there was the eight-year war with Iraq. Read more>>

Lucas Diaz

Where do I even start? To wrap this all in a nutshell this is how my story goes. I was introduced to rap at the age of 5. My oldest brother Josh loved G-unit and 50 cent. He would play it all the time and I eventual picked up on the words and the style of rap. I then just enjoyed rap music and honestly all music. Read more>>

Carol Prusa

I tried to make sense of the world. Why is there something instead of nothing? Contrary to my head-elder fundamentalist father, I found comfort in science. While titrating unknowns as a chemistry major, I met an artist who offered other ways of knowing resulting in a degree in medical art. Working as a medical illustrator, I quickly realized I didn’t want to make what other people wanted so I got an MFA in painting and drawing. Read more>>

Laurence Gartel

I am often asked, “When did you know you were an Artist?” The answer is, “I was floating in my mother’s womb playing around with fluids.” At the age of two, I crawled out of my crib and outlined my sleeping mother in red lipstick. I can say I was an Artist from inception. Read more>>

Amy Gross

This was an enormous gift – I didn’t realize until I was older how difficult it can be to convince your family that wanting to be an artist is a rational choice. In my family, it was accepted and encouraged, and my dad was the perfect example of how you can raise a family through imagination combined with very hard work. So I learned early that making things was something you could and should do every day. Read more>>

Glayson Leroy

Glayson has been a Heat fan for many years and an even bigger D Wade fan since he brought the Miami Heat their first title in 2006 and managed to get Miami Lebron James and Chris Bosh to join him in Miami, which in Glayson’s words were the best four years of sports in South Florida. The artist: Hiero has been dabbling in the arts for as long as he can remember. He started with graffiti in his teen years and ever since it’s been about spray paint. Read more>>

Arien Cronk

There have been times during the years that photography lost my interest for a while, but I always came back to it. When I was around 17 years old that I bought my first DSLR camera, this was a whole new world because now the camera had manual controls and interchangeable lenses. I taught myself everything I know about photography from watching countless video tutorials on YouTube and reading endless articles about photography online. Read more>>

Javier Lee

I had to move around quite a lot due to financial hardships. This meant many different neighborhoods and schools. Many different friendships being created and left behind. This taught me the value of relationship building from a very young age because I had to “leave” so many people behind very often but still find ways to stay connected. Read more>>

Kendra Erika

When I was pointed in the right direction by getting a classical coach to lay down the groundwork as far as real technique goes. I then got more involved in local theatre and performing competitions, which I uncannily won the first year by singing “Time to Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli. Very funny to think considering where I came from vocally. Read more>>

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