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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.

P.L. “Pat” Brooks

Doodling was a favorite pastime as a child. Rather than coloring in a coloring book, I tried to copy the art without tracing. It turned out that I was pretty good at drawing what I saw. Then my Ah-Ha artist moment came when our family received a book of Norman Rockwell prints along with his story. I was mesmerized by his ability to take ordinary scenes of life and capture the mood with humor. So I experimented with cartooning scenes from my own experiences. Read more>>

Marve Afo

Born in South Florida by Nigerian immigrants, Starve Marve is an exemplar of the 1st generation American. Consistently torn between American and Afro culture, Starve finds his only balance in the sounds he creates. Greatly encouraged by the individuality of Outkast, Marve traverses cross-genre territory influenced by the road trips with his DJ father’s collection of Bob Marley & Fela Kuti, the Boom Bap 90’s he grew up within, and the 8O8’s that have taken over. Read More>>


Art in itself is a form of my expression, something I’ve come to appreciate in my lowest moments as well as my happiest. The way I view art transfers in my everyday life. I showcase my love of art through clothes and photography and other visual arts. If you look close enough, you can see that art tells a story. Read more>>

Andy Araya

My focus in my images is so that each photo I capture becomes a memory that is preserved for a lifetime of generations. Each image I come across when I edit feels as if I was a part of the family that day, and I get to look back time and time again feeling joy and nostalgia. Read more>>

Kate Kretz

I believe that many artists, because of their sensitivities and the way they are “wired,” are visionaries. We are tuned in to frequencies that others are not, make connections that others can’t, and there are forces working “through” us to create the work that needs to be made. About eight years ago, my studio practice completely changed direction: Read more>>

Mike Poore

I have worked for a small Engineering/Surveying firm in North Miami Beach for the past 20 years. Drones have become useful in the daily operations of the business. I have always been intrigued by these flying gadgets. After purchasing my very own drone & launching it for the first time in my backyard, I was immediately hooked on flying these incredible inventions. Read more>>

Nedaara Powell

I embarked on, with my own special key. I began drafting the blueprint for Billion Blinx Incorporated in October of 2016 with the sole vision of being a Certified Mink Eyelash Technician. After emerging myself into this industry, I began developing and acquiring knowledge and taste for something bigger and better for myself. Read more>>

Brittany Wheeler

Inspired is a better way to say – to be close and to develop a healthy relationship with each other. From this relationship, we’ve birthed our small business called Not Your Typical Power Couple, where we inspire and help motivate other mothers and daughters to understand their positions and purpose in the Mother-daughter dynamic. Read more>>

Jean Caze

The sound I make through the trumpet is intended to inspire passion in others by sharing my own passion for music. As a bandleader for “Amédé,” I perform original compositions which showcase my brand of Haitian music. I also collaborate with other artists. Read more>>

Alexander Lesesne

To be honest, I never saw myself being in the position I’m in right now. I came out of high school being a star athlete in wrestling being ranked third in the state of Florida and in the top fifty in the nation. For some reason, I always saw my journey going the athletic route. Read more>>

Halston Shannon

I always knew that I would live a life dedicated to using my creative talents not only as a form of self-expression but as a way to bring others’ visions to reality. I’ve always had an equally strong interest in technology, which naturally led me to my profession of Graphic Design. Read more>>

David JJ Lionel

For me, I’ve always had a fascination with visual media and art, and photography began as my way of understanding how to create visual art. For me now it’s about making moving images that say more than the components or technical skill involved. Read more>>


I rap because I want my women and my people to hear me so they can hear themselves. I rap because of the soul that I come from. I write from my experiences and my words jump off the page. I’m blessed to be able to pursue my dreams, and I hope the same for everyone. Read more>>

Samantha Lleonart

My hope through dance is to give people the same feeling I get from dancing. I want to pass on my joy and zest for life through my dance. I want to inspire people to go after what sets their heart on fire and remember that life is so much more than what it seems. Read more>>

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