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Thought-Provokers: South Broward

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 South Broward that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Marnino Toussaint

I am an Artist from South Florida. I have been writing and creating music and poetry for the last eight years. Art has always been something in my background. My family is full of authors, actors, poets, you name it, and they were probably in my family. Even with all that exposure to the arts, I didn’t learn to love it until I was in high school and I was invited to my first cipher by a good friend of mine, Jonathan Smith. Read more>>

Chan A-V

I began playing music ever since I can remember. By the age of 8, I received formal training in classical piano, and soon after, I taught myself to play a variety of instruments such as bass, guitar, drums, and synthesizer eventually leading me to audio engineering and programming beats. Read more>>

Dantes

Fusing rare five-octave vocals with saxophone and clarinet layers, Dantes presents a particular brand of genre-bending R&B. Born in South Florida, Cuban-American musician Alec Arritola began his career at age twelve. A prodigy instrumentalist and National Hispanic Scholar, he was a member of the South Florida Youth Symphony, which performed with legendary trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Read more>>

Rasheed Metellus

I first started getting into art way back in kindergarten when a teacher of mine told my mother that I would be an amazing artist one day. Those words of encouragement backed with my mothers support pushed me to focus on art ever since then. The following year she took me out of the public school system and put me into a homeschool program for five years. I used that time to develop my skill at a very young and with no outside distractions and influences. Read more>>

Harumi Abe

When I was 19, I decided to move to Miami to study art. Shortly after, I fell in love, got married, and settled in South Florida. I finished my MFA from Florida International University in 2008. That same year I was awarded a South Florida Cultural Consortium grant. Receiving this award further encouraged me to pursue being an artist professionally. Read more>>

Binky Warbucks

As the only child of a single mother in South Florida, the hot summer days left me with much inspiration and experiences to last Alice time. The colors, culture, and people all made me what I am today. Not to mention all those early morning cartoons and video game sessions. I was like any other kid, but art had my art from a young age, I’m thankful for those fun times. Read more>>

Britney Cooke

I began with drawing and storytelling, creating little picture books from a young age. I found my love for poetry in the fifth grade with the support of my teacher who got multiple students including myself published in an anthology. I began taking my visual art seriously in high school when I began creating acrylic paintings and participating in art shows. I have since then tapped into many other mediums, my goal is to master art in all forms. Read more>>

Michael Jerome

I still remember my first art teacher at Gratigny Elementary school, Ms. Green, she was definitely an inspirational start to my journey in the arts. I continued my creative journey until high school, I am an alumni of Design and Architecture Senior High where I was in the architecture program. Despite being in the architecture track, we still received education in fine art and the history of art from Neolithic to contemporary. Read more>>

Peter Arango

I have been freelancing in the Audio/Visual world for over 4 years doing live audio for concerts (Dom Kennedy, DJ Mustard, ASAP Ferg, Bonethugs n Harmony, Bodega Bamz, The Underachievers, Wifi Funeral, Denzel Curry, XXXTentacion, Kodak Black, Pouya, MadeinTYO, Abra, David Duchovny), as well as conferences for Facebook, Instagram, Visa, Baird, Comedy Central, NBC, and many more. Read more>>

Jeniah Kaisley

Jeniah Kaisley continues to impact her surroundings and she’s ready to impact the world with her natural gift and talent from God. As a toddler, Jeniah realized her passion for Modeling—. She delighted the family with her improvised performances. She dreamed of becoming a role model for young girls & boys around the world. To accomplish that goal, she sought out modeling gigs— through the help of her mother. With her entrepreneurial spirit and her desire to inspire others, Jeniah is rising to become one of the nation’s top child models. Her career took yet another turn when she was nominated for Miss Runway Competition Tiny 1st place Runner Up 2017 & Currently Miss Runway Competition Tween 2nd Runner Up 2018. Read more>>

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