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Thought-Provokers: Tempe

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

Aaron Walker

I’ve been pushing myself as much as I can to deepen my understanding of photography. Since my now wife bought my camera, I’ve ridden a creative wave. It’s opened many doors and allowed me to meet so many new people. It’s a passion I wouldn’t have known I could take so far. I’m excited for where my creative journey continues to take me! Read more>>

Corey Carlson

Every breath I take involves me doing something in a creative manner. For most of my life, I have been a musician. About two years ago, I got incredibly sick and was physically unable to play music for the first time in my life. It devastated me. The creativity in me was bursting to be released. Read more>>

Gulli Bjornsson

My music usually blends electronics, acoustic instruments, and visuals. I typically perform with my guitar connected to my laptop where the guitar can be processed, and the effect changes pre-programmed through a variety of programs, plugins, and effects. Read more>>

Joseph Hernandez

Portraiture is turning out to be my favorite, and I love working with people. Couples are really fun to shoot with because when it’s time to shoot, and they are comfortable and letting loose, the magic starts to happen. To see this unfold in every shoot is such a cool experience. I hope that when my clients receive their photos, that they get a confidence boost. Read more>>


Since the success of his music, he also starting a clothing brand “Sheeesh World” that is sold in over 100 retail stores across the country. He owns and operates a full recording studio and green screen room. He partners in a clothing store in Arizona Mills mall called “Guest List”. He writes for other artists, started his real estate career and even was the ambassador for the Phoenix Suns last season. Read more>>

Tatiana Crespo

While finishing my Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Arts at ASU, I was asked to write a manifesto. I vowed to create music that was bilingual so that it could reach a wider audience and connect with the Chicano culture so vibrant in AZ. I didn’t realize at the time that this manifesto would become part of my mission as an artist. I have many musical influences like reaggeton, cumbia, boleros, hip hop, jazz and even a little Brazilian influence too. Read more>>

David Sewell

I started learning songs from my favorite bands by ear. This was before YouTube was a thing so there was a lot of listening to the same song repeatedly, rewinding small sections at a time. After about a year of playing guitar, I started listening to more technical driven and classically influenced players, like Yngwie Malmsteen. It was at this point I started taking lessons. Read more>>

Sam Braxten

Since then I have released an EP titled “Chapter I”, and various singles which all stream on Spotify, Pandora, Apple music (iTunes), Tidal and on most music platforms online. I’ve been blessed to share the stage with many local and national acts including Phoenix’s own “Bear Ghost” national act “kotton mouth kings” and highly acclaimed band “The Cab”. Read more>>

Andrew Robinson

I got started in my practice kinda by accident. I had always been really into music and wanted to pursue Audio Engineering, however, I started attending Arizona State University and they don’t offer a whole lot in that area. The closest I could get was one studio class and a couple of production classes if I declared as an Arts, Media, and Engineering Major with a concentration in music. Read more>>

Neil Schwartz

I enrolled at ASU and will be finishing my degree this semester. Throughout my life, I have volunteered to give back to my community. During my music therapy program at ASU, I became involved with a non-profit organization called Guitars for Veterans. Read more>>

Juliette “Numuin” Marino

I believe my art reflects many feelings I have about the life I have lived and the wonderful and sometimes not so great experiences I have been through. It is my way of dealing with the traumas I have faced with hardships throughout my years, my mother being sick, as well as losing many loved ones. Read more>>

Aiden Chapparone

I grew up playing music, the recorder first, then piano, Trombone in middle school and high school. Taught myself Guitar and played in punk rock bands around the valley. After high school, I did some work in the music industry as a runner and decided to go back to school for screenwriting. Read more>>

Michael Cirillo

I want people to have fun! I want my music to lift spirits and celebrate how amazing it is to be alive! In challenging times, one is often distracted from how exquisite, improbable, miraculous, and downright bizarre it is to be sentient. I want my art to be fun, accessible, well-crafted, always kind, and a subtle reminder of the joys, mysteries, and possibilities of life. Read more>>

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