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Thought-Provokers: Coral Gables

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 Coral Gables that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Arielle Carvalho

As a teacher and performer of Bellydance and other forms of dance, I also like to change people’s lives in small and large ways. Whether it’s a smile from an audience member or dance therapy for a student, I live to spread love in the lives of others. Read more>>

Junior Jay

The message I send out is that sounds can be combined to create a great feeling. I always find ways to mix house music with my current Latin sound. Also, another message I like to send out is that no matter what career someone picks. Read more>>

Marc Naranjo

I first picked up a camera during my journalism class during high school and ever since then I was hooked. I fell in love with the way I needed an image to match the story I was writing about, and that forced me to think creatively about the image I wanted to represent the story. Read more>>

Mario “Vegaz” Vanegas

I have always been in love with bills and coins from all over the world. I was collecting U.S historic ones at home, and every time I was overseas, I was bringing with me the coolest items I could find in each destination. Next day the journey to find the right piece for the transformation and the search for the designs had started. Read more>>

Nia Skyfer

I wanted to be a singer. I started having singing lessons at the age of 16. By the time I was in College I studied Architecture for two years but dropped it once I realized I wasn’t getting enough time to do what I love, which is music. Currently, I study music and have dedicated myself to this path a hundred percent. Read more>>

Carlos Escanilla

As a way to earn income, I formed a band called Miller Road, and we focused on performing unique, unexpected covers. We were consistently booked all throughout Miami from 2007-2018, playing at most relevant live music venues. During this time, I formed a second band, called ESCO, which is currently very active and has been since 2014. Read more>>

Sohn Jamal

I’ve been a musician since I was ten years old. I grew up in Japan playing guitar in bars around central Tokyo, but when I was 15, I started taking an interest in electronic music, making mostly boom-bap/ambient music. I started seriously making beats when I was 18 and relocated to Miami for my Jazz Studies program at the Frost School of Music. Read more>>

Jared Steingold

The bass guitar became my life, playing hours upon hours every day, learning new material and techniques that would continuously push me to become a better player. I wanted to be able to play faster, strike harder and dance across the fretboard like it was nobody’s business. Naturally, I was sucked into the world of heavy metal. Read more>>

Stacy Jackson

I launched Flawlessly Stacy & Co. because I always found it more rewarding to take the path where I can be a support structure for people that have that ambition to be the star. Which I think is fabulous! This is why I love the idea of artist collaborations. Dance is such a powerful art that, for me, I believe it pushes other people to become better creatives in their own industries and fields of work. Read more>>

Magic City Hippies

After two years playing live under the original trio set up, the band changed their name to Magic City Hippies in 2015, while John switched to guitar live and side musicians were brought in for keyboards, bass, and backing vocals to better reflect the more expansive texture palette the band employed on their records. Read more>>

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