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Thought-Provokers: Mesa

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

Tedi Mogol|

I was always passionate about creativity and designing, even before I knew what the word “passion” meant. My most favorite thing to do as a child was to draw and build Legos. In elementary school, a few of my artwork were chosen to be placed in an arts museum. Read more>>

Julian Martinez and Meagan Cunha

We had both been creatively driven our entire lives. When Meagan did not have her nose in a book, she was sketching or crafting or daydreaming. Julian was frequently caught doodling in class and taught himself how to play the guitar. Read more>>

Ben Fuller

Photography saved me from depression. It was a trying time of my life. My father had just been diagnosed with cancer, and I was failing two classes that were very important to my Exercise Science major, I had seasonal depression and was feeling like an absolute failure. Read more>>

Alanah Chatham

My uncle inspired me to find my own style and encouraged me to use art to work through emotions, problems and calm my mind. I’m so grateful to my teachers at New School for the Arts and Academics in Tempe, AZ where I attended high school. Read more>>


I’ve always had the love for music, but around the time I first met my father, I found the legacy of music was in my family tree this epiphany helped realize that music was destined for me and from there I would pursue my career with passion fuel and fire! Read more>>

Xappa Franco

Like most creative types, I had an interest in making things at a very young age. My parents picked up on it and encouraged it, sharing their knowledge and taking me to the library to get books on whatever I was obsessed with that week. Read more>>

Bri Cossavella

I’ve always followed my curiosity. I had a curiosity for writing, and how one could express their voice through the written word. I walked into journalism school, a bit blindly, I would say, because I didn’t understand journalism at its core. Read more>>

Amy Lizzi

I have forever and always been captivated and touched emotionally by nature. From the vast beauties of an aspen grove or field of flowers to the intricate details in a leaf or insect. Nature truly moves me. Read more>>

Tina Strickland

I’ve always been interested in how people think. My plans were to become a psychiatrist, but life happens. I was a tomboy growing up, and I was an avid reader. During the summer, you could either find me at the public library or sitting in my favorite tree in our backyard reading. Read more >>

Chandra Goodman and Nicole Bowman

Nicole and Chandra are sisters, best friends and the faces behind Reverie Threads. Chandra is the oldest and Nicole is the youngest of six kids. Chandra was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 26 as a young wife and mother. She has absolutely no family history of it so it was quite a shock. Read more>>


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