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Thought-Provokers: Phoenix

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

Nikki Fanshaw

During this time, I began to dip my toes into the freelance world and enjoyed the diversity of clients I was supporting, and really enjoyed hearing their stories. With the slow, organic growth of my freelance work, I decided at the end of 2018 to go full-time with my studio, Made by NF. Read more>>

Michael V Schroeder

I was hired by Sony Pictures Animation and started working as a Post-production assistant on the Emoji Movie. I was hired in June, and the movie came out in July so I knew I only had a month to make myself valuable so I could stay in the area. I ended up helping make animated storyboards for a couple projects in development, and they liked my work. Read more>>

Jerry Sieve

Through the years I have had a long term relationship with Arizona Highways Magazine having had 11 covers and over 600 images published in this one magazine. During this time I used a 4 x 5 film camera to make most of my images. Read more>>

 Eileen Morgan

I began my musical journey at the age of 6 on the accordion, after watching my two older sisters taking lessons and saying “I want to do that too.” I played throughout school and college and even led the accordion studio for a few years after my college degree. Read more>>

Diane Kent

I love creating collage paintings at times which is a great way to build and polish my design skills. An exhibit of my critique group called “Abstraction to Realism and Realism to Abstraction” was the initial inspiration to convert me from realism to abstraction. Read more>>

John Allen

Therefore I did what any other 18-year-old kid would do in that situation and got a sales job. I worked for AT&T retailers over a span of 7 years and eventually moved to Oceanside, CA. Accepting a position with Hilton working in Hospitality was a ton of fun, and something was still missing. Read more>>

Tori Mays

The idea of creating something that distracts an audience from the reality they currently have as entertainment for a few hours is something I thrive off of. We live in a busy world and distractions and escapes every now and then are needed. A theatre production can do that for a few hours. Read more>>

Nikki Shue

I entered the local music scene two years ago, playing various local restaurants, bars, and country clubs. I also had my first out-of-state gig last summer in California at The Roxy Encinitas. What makes my story interesting is that I only picked up a guitar four years ago. I couldn’t possibly predict what would happen after that. I finally had an instrument that would accompany my voice. Singing has been a big part of my life since my pre-teen years. Read more>>

Caitlyn Allen

I knew that I did not belong in the small town I was growing up in. I questioned everything, and that was not a “normal” thing to do. At 15 years old, I ran two counties in the Obama campaign. At 17 I moved to another school district to have better opportunities. To say I was independent was an understatement. I knew that I needed to be “more,” to get out of what I grew up in poverty. Read more>>

Tia Penny

I have always loved to sing, and began taking voice lessons when I was only four years old. I wrote my first original song and lyrics on the piano at the age of six. I started playing my ukulele at age eight and wrote six more original songs that year. After my parents gave me an acoustic guitar one year later, I wrote an additional eight songs and taught myself over 30 covers; all before learning to read music. Read more>>


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