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Thought-Provokers: Fort Lauderdale

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 Fort Lauderdale that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Connor O’Brien and Campbell Rice

Campbell and I (Connor) both grew up making videos since we were kids and absolutely loving movies, and about three years ago we decided to make videos together. These videos started out as fun and silly, and soon we were entrusted by a Church organization to create videos for them as they were celebrating 20 years of being in Lakeland and also highlighted the passion for church planting throughout Polk County. Read more>>

Flow Sisters

Bella and I are sisters, been singing our entire lives together performing with different groups around town. Growing up our parents were always very pushy when it came to performing and creating in general. They always wanted us to be active, and there were definitely moments when we felt pushed a little too much, but in retrospect, we are so thankful for that push, sometimes in life that’s something we all really need but we just don’t know it. Read more>>

Louis Junior

I’ve always had the desire to create, be it through song or drawing and painting. I come from a pretty art inspired family. My mother has always been a source of inspiration through her art. My family moved quite a bit in my youth which exposed me to a number of different sights and sounds and cultures that I like to think helped mold me and how I absorb things. Read more>>

Simone Stewart

I discovered my true passion for fashion when I started fashion school in Jamaica at 18 years old. I had to sell the majority of my belongings to come up with the tuition. When I entered the class there was no chair available for me, so I went out and bought my own chair so that I could be in the class. I was such a natural at my craft that my teacher immediately employed me at her job. Read more>>

Jumbo Jade

I learned how to play guitar and drums mostly from jamming with my friend and bandmate, Becky. We both pushed each other constantly. And really enjoyed seeing the other person geet better and better. Most people think the idea of learning an instrument at 24 is so daunting that its assumed impossible,” it’s too late for me.” And going out there and pushing yourself is incredibly empowering. Read more>>

Bruce Smith

I had started shooting seriously back in the early 1990’s, shooting street photography, such as vehicle accidents, plane crashes, scenery, night lines and more. In September 2008, I was diagnosed with stage 4 rectal Cancer of which my excellent teams of amazing Doctors and surgeons did not expect me to survive. Soon after I was able to get out and about (around early 2012. Read more>>

Jenna Cherry

I had always been creative and loved art, I also had always had an entrepreneurial spirit, but it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression that I really dug into creativity. I had been diagnosed with PMDD (Pre Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder) which is a cyclical depression (basically PMS on steroids! Yikes), right when I started college. In the midst of dealing with those dark, foreign thoughts and feelings, I began drawing things. Read more>>

Kandy Lopez

Eventually, I attended Norland Middle School of The Arts Magnet program in Opa Locka, Florida and we moved to Miami Gardens, now known as “Murder Gardens.” Surprisingly, this actually felt like home. The school was predominately African American with a high population of Latino/Hispanic students. The diversity of shades and cultures really influenced my current body of work. Read more>>

Cj Hart

I eventually fell in love with modeling once I realized I could deliver stories like I could for acting. I’m very opinionated, and I’m still not sure if that’s a good, bad, or just a human thing. So, the fact I could say all that I ever wanted to say through my art was more than enough. I’ve accomplished some unimaginable things in the industry thus far (shooting for dream brands like H&M, Adidas, and Gap) but I have a ways to go. To me, I’ve just begun. Read more>>

Elizabeth Eleanor Davis

I have always been artistic and creative. I have fond memories of being a little girl and my mother being on the floor with my sisters and I teaching us how to draw. We made masks, mobiles, and all sorts of little artistic crafts. Fast forward to high school, and I was the rather weird, quiet kid that spent the entire class doodling comic book characters in my notebooks. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Catalina

    March 30, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you so much VoyageMIA for the feature! And kudos to all of the amazing artists featured here as well!

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