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Thought-Provokers: Downtown & Brickell

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

Omar Ghrayeb

Show them the beautiful things in life, and they will make the world more beautiful. It is every artist’s job these days to use this power to influence others in a positive way and to inspire the world to be a better place, a more beautiful place. Read more>>

Yamit Lemoine

Growing up listening to pop albums, I realized that the tunes that resonated with me the most on some albums were usually the ones with different composer credits than the rest – and I soon realized that my favorite songs are actually from the Great American Songbook. That’s when I discovered my love for Jazz. Read more>>

Jimmy Alonso, Dave Nosa, and Julius Lopez

I have become successful. My inspiration comes from within to express myself in any way that I so choose, and I hope to leave that type of impact with my fans — 100 % original. Ok, I maybe might’ve pulled an idea from my superheroes but hey, who doesn’t. Read more>>

Valentina Kawaii Universe

This appreciation and admiration intensified my desire to draw and motivated me to continue drawing and into high school and college. It became my way of “participating” in Anime rather just being a spectator of anime. And it is still my philosophy, in every area of my life to this day: I am a participator, not a spectator. Read more>>

D’MENTES

We are D’MENTES! A band born in Miami, Florida, consisting in Nilo (Lead Singer) from Cuba and Maku (Guitars) from Venezuela. We challenge the way music is made, elevating humanity by using values, emotions, technology and powerful messages in our songs and performances that create a positive impact in our lives. Read more>>

Makai

We find inspiration in nature. As we contemplate its cycles, abundance and infinite beauty we understand that being close to it unveils our own essence. We create our world through our perception of it, our music it’s a personal way to communicate that vision. Read more>>

Oly Vargas

All of this work in music has led me to start a music label with a couple of amazing partners. We will be launching Public Works Records later this year with an event with O Miami Poetry Festival. We are working on releases by Jaialai, Rick Moon, Nick County and myself. Read more>>

Yaniel Cantelar

Photography has been a part of my life. Starting with a Kodak disc film camera in the late 80’s to digital cameras that stored photos on floppy disks to the modern era. I’ve always loved to take pictures of interesting things in my life, but as my life became busier it also became less interesting, and photography slowly got sidelined. Read more>>

Ale Campos

I decided to form a full band when I got offered to open for Shonen Knife. We changed our name to Smvt after confusion with many other bands named Smut but quickly realized that it made no difference and the songs outgrew the name. Now we are known as Las Nubes. Read more>>

Deanna Hartman

Dancing has been one of my biggest passions ever since I can remember. In the late 90s, I started taking ballroom dancing classes, and in 2001 I began training capoeira. Through capoeira, I was introduced to Brazilian culture, music, language and samba and afro-dance. Read more>>

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