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Thought-Provokers: Arlington

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

Ungela James

It was something that I wanted to do the rest of my life, and I felt that as long as I can dance or teach dance, I would be happy. Those were my thoughts simply because everything “big” was all a dream. You don’t feel you’re in a place where it is something you can actually achieve. Read more>>

John Alaw

On the day of his tattoo I went with him to the shop and the owner asked me if this was all I can draw or if I can do other things and I said no I draw pretty much anything so he asked me to set down and draw a skull and roses for him to check it out after he was done with my friends tattoo, at the time I thought he was trying to get rid of me so he can work in piece but I did it. Read more>>

Lakesha Harden

When you have a passion for something, make something of it. Take your dream and mold it into your dream come true. Pray for your business and claim the greatness that will become of it. Read more>>

David Tripp

Art was the only talent I had throughout school, and it earned me a scholarship to the university. Once I arrived there, I awoke to the world of ideas, and pursued academics, earning a Masters and Ph.D. in academic fields, but no longer making art. Read more>>

Keadra Jeter

I started as a kid, sitting around watching my brothers draw cars in their school notebooks & saw my mom draw different animals while on the phone with her friends. I didn’t think I would get the artistic gene like everyone else in my family until I began drawing on walls. Read more>>

Shaun Martin

I started playing piano at the age of four under the teachings of Carolyn Jones Campbell in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Texas. I grew up in the church and always had a love for the drums and piano, so much that I would take forks and knives and beat them on the backs of the pews. Read more>>

Kimberly Hammond

I pursued my doula certification in 2013 and during one of my births was asked to snap a few pictures of the mom and dad laboring together. In that moment everything clicked (pun intended) and I knew being behind the camera documenting birth stories was where I was meant to be. Read more>>


I was in choir in middle school and high school and I think that’s where my love of music started. I also started struggling with depression at an early age, as well as self-harming and music really helped me believe in something bigger than myself and climb out of that dark place. Read more>>

Chelsea Keesler

Began body painting a couple of years ago, and continued my journey with painting on canvas and other objects by taking commissions for kids and adults. I love making people’s lives a little brighter with art, whether it’s a smiling kid playing pretend, a more confident, transformed adult, or a client hanging a piece of my work in their home. Read more>>

Prince Gee

Between then and now, I worked day in and day out perfecting my skills and my craft, I even attended a school of arts from 8th to 9th grade. I developed my own style and taught myself how to use other mediums like marker, paint and digital and now here we are. Read more>>

Aaron Outer$pace

I wasn’t allowed to listen to rap until I was about six or seven years old but once I heard it I was hooked. Everybody knew I wanted to be a rapper when I was younger. Somewhere along the line, I think in high school, all that energy shifted to making beats. Read more>>

Alan Winter

I joined the Army to get off the farm, and spent my free time drawing and learning songs. After my discharge, I couldn’t decide whether to study art or play music. “You can’t chase two rabbits,” said a friend. “Go after the one that looks like a better meal.” Read more>>

Ibrahim “Lejin” Elahi

Dancing was always a dream of his but due to his surroundings and lack of opportunities, he pursued sports up until his sophomore year in college at The University of Texas at Arlington where he ran track until he suffered a broken ankle and torn hamstring that stopped him from running again. Read more>>

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