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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.

Vallinda Persaud

I moved to South Florida to study the club and dj culture. I felt like there was way more to a “nightlife experience ” than what I had access to in North Carolina. I worked a bunch of odd jobs, such as Dollar Tree and a security job at the Sun Life/Hard Rock stadium. Read more>>

LeNora Jaye

Music has always been an integral part of my life as my childhood household was filled with music (my mom sang jazz, my dad loved motown & my 2 older sisters and older brother played everything on current radio!). These influences play a major part in my performance life in S.Florida & beyond. Read more>>

Jasmine Dianne Romero

Art, to me, is magic. My favorite thing to draw is people. I’ve been illustrating for years now, but in my recent years I dabbled with other creative hobbies such as painting, graphic design, photography, videography, poetry and collage. Read more>>

Mariana Oppel

Years of making and teaching art had shown me how important it is to create and how transformative art can be. The simple act of expressing oneself through art can help develop a sense of self-awareness and self-esteem that would not be so easily possible in any other way. Read more>>

Patrick Reynolds

I started photography around age 16 in high school in Northern Pennsylvania. My first camera was a cheap Fujifilm I bought to shoot short videos with my friends but ended up never shooting any, and instead, I began taking photographs with it more and more frequently. Read more>>

Colleen Sanclemente

My AP Art class required us to make up a portfolio of work done throughout the year. I really wanted to explore photography and that class only pushed me to create more and more different concepts for photographs. My art teacher, Mrs. Beckenhauer, was also a big influence. Read more>>

Dave Damage

I was classically trained as a violinist, starting when I was 5 or 6 years old; my parents wanted me to learn an instrument and I showed potential for the violin at a young age. After taking Suzuki lessons from a young age through high school, I actually put the violin down for three or four years until late in college. Read more>>

Nathalie Alfonso

I was born in Bogota- Colombia and moved to Florida when I was eighteen years old. I did my Associates in Arts at Broward College and my Bachelor in Fine Arts at Florida International University, where I was teacher Assistant for Drawing. Read more>>

L. Mercado Studios

Just like us there were other artists in need of workspace and a place to display their art. After looking for something like this in downtown and found nothing, we realized we had to create this for ourselves and our community. Read more>>

Rebecca Joyce

I have always loved art, and beening creative. Although, I never made beening an artist a priority in my life and put my family before my own dreams. I thought that I would always have time. Read more>>

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