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Thought-Provokers: Chandler

Phoenix 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 Chandler that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Megan Smith

I have always enjoyed art, but it was not until the death of my mother in 2007, that got me engaged with photographs. Something about making moments last forever and capturing beauty in the world intrigues me. Read more>>

Ricky Aguilar

About five years ago, I decided to shoot one small 3-5 second clip on my iPhone every single day for a year and stitch them together into a video. I wanted the opportunity to always look back at the end of my senior year of high school and the beginning of my freshman year in college. Read more>>

Steven Hernandez

Life growing up wasn’t always the easiest, but in a way, I’m grateful for it. Everything I’ve gone through, made me the person I am today and has given me the strength and perseverance to move forward and granted me the motivation I have today. Read more>>

Allie O’Rourke

My passion for photography started when I was in high school. I joined the IB program and was required to pick an art class. Since I didn’t feel like I had the skills to draw or paint, I decided to give photography a chance. Read more>>

Ashley Hayden

I’d have to say I’m an artist as a general term because I love to dabble in so many things! Though I specialize in film, I also act, draw, paint and do special effects makeup. I’d have to say my story starts with drawing and writing. Read more>>


I am an Hip Hop artist out of Kilgore TX. Started my musical journey in 2011. Grew up in the hip hop culture, but never seen myself as an artist. I then discovered this new found talent, and fell in love with artistry thru hip hop form. I released my first project “Stories From Depression” in 2012. Read more>>

Ashley Cluckey

I’ve always dreamed of doing something to help people; I used to think the only way to do that was to do go to school and be a doctor. But I’ve come to realize there are SO many ways to impact someone’s life. Read more>>

Anita McLeod

I have always had a fascination and love for art. My paternal grandfather was an artist, and when I visited my grandparents, which was often, I was always in the studio while my grandfather was painting. He was an amazing artist and my walls are filled with his art! Read more>>

Joseph Zoobie Ramirez

I now know disabled is just a word. It can make people want to try even less out of fear or the excuse to be lazy. I know all of the dreams I never thought were possible, are in fact possible. Nothing can hold you back but your own self, your own head. Read more>>

Melody Smith

I began teaching art at all grade levels and focused more on my own art. Our family moved to Arizona over 12 years ago and during that time, I have taught art and participated in a multitude of art festivals, gallery shows and art events. Read more>>


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