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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.

Jordan Hoffman

Once we all picked up the ropes, we started a family band with my friend Ryan McCarty on lead vocals called, Glory To Judge. We toured around the Midwest playing shows in Detroit, Toledo, and Cleveland when I was just 13. Opening for bands like Sick Puppies, RED and more. Read more>>

Michael Kocour

Now that our computers and cell phones give us access to art (and mindless distraction) from all over the world, we have more competition than any time in human history. This is why I choose to advocate for local and community art and for live performance in general. Read more>>

Holly Schranz

My definition of success is something that is constantly changing. I believe that in order to succeed as an artist you need to be genuine, humble, talented and willing to put in the work. Fate will take you where you need to go. At this point in my life, I’m able to continue to do what I love. Read more>>

Sarah Yong

When I hear a good melody line, I can’t help but add harmonies to it in my head, or when I hear a good instrumental, I add a melody and lyrics in my head. What I want people to take away from my music is to make them feel something: a stirring in their soul. Read more>>

Karan Mehra

I mainly like taking photos on hikes. Pictures of friends, animals, and nature. It’s interesting to see the subject in front of a landscape. I take pictures of in the moment scenes. So I guess I’d like to tell people to enjoy every small moment. I have recently started branching out more to other scenery and styles. Read more>>

Jolandis Farris

I want my followers to try and feel what I feel when I capture and edit my visuals. I do this for the love and passion I have for expressing myself within my visuals. I am an emotional being with a huge imagination, and I want people to see that in my work. Read more>>

Emily Caldera aka Kaiden Jane

I would like to call myself an Illustrator, but I think that is just the very basic term that I use for myself. I really love to do everything that involves drawing and painting. I love to do classical fine arts: still lives, life drawing/painting, and mastercopies. Read more>>

Joe Maier

It started when I was a GameStop manager. In the last year there, I was working longer hours on a weekly basis and always feeling tired. My father suggested I get a couple of blood tests taken after constantly hearing this. After that, it was revealed that my health was deteriorating from stress. Read more>>

Thylan Le

I always hope to make the viewer feel something, whether it be an emotional testament to creativity or make them uneasy due to the imbalance in a photo, or maybe a feeling of tranquility through the captured stillness of a subject that is usually on the move. Read more>>

Melissa Sclafani

In 2008, I wrote a list of personal and professional goals that I wanted to achieve in 1, 2, 5, 10, and 15 years. I’ll spare you all the details of what my 21-year-old self wanted, but straddling the two columns was written: “live somewhere new every two years for the next ten years.” Read more>>


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