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Thought-Provokers: Central Dallas

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

Jon Ly

I’ve always been fascinated in storytelling through the lens. It was always a hobby up until the point I purchased my first real camera as a sophomore in high school. I worked at a Chick-Fil-A for 6 months saving up for it and with the help and support from my parents, I was able to get all of my equipment set up. Read more>>

Kirstin Rose Godat

I decided it was time to make a change and solely focus on wedding planning rather than planning and design. I accepted a position at a boutique planning company. This position allowed me to completely manage my own clients and events. I loved the special relationships I developed with my clients. Read more>>

JaRon Marshall

I was always surrounded by music since a young age. From the gospel music of the church my mother would attend on Sundays to the soul legends like Otis Redding, Tyrone Davis, or James Brown my dad would play at night, I was always influenced by the greats of the past and present. Read more>>

William Atkinson

I have spent the last tens years producing artwork and working in the arts, from Los Angeles to New York and now back home in Dallas. Street art was my entrance into the art world and I was lucky enough to have founded a collective during the ‘golden years’ of LA street art. Read more>>

Maria Araujo

I work as a women’s leather goods designer at Fossil Group. I am very lucky to be able to work at such an amazing corporation who appreciates creativity and collaboration, while still having time to follow the dream of starting my own brand. Read more>>

Anna Lisa Leal

Even at the age of 3, you could find me spending endless hours drawing. Back then, I drew in the shade of the backyard tangerine trees where we lived on the Texas/Mexico border. My mother would set me up and I would be entertained and likely out from underfoot for long stretches of time. Read more>>

Ismael Cavazos

I attended private school for elementary school and then Sharpstown for middle and high school.
I have always waited tables on the side and in June of 2016 I decide to become a manager of a multi-million dollar Prime steakhouse here in downtown Austin. Read more>>

Javier Luna

Growing up my parents always pushed the arts to my siblings and I. The enrolled us into music classes I started by learning the paino then picked up other instruments along the way. I always had that itch for the creative. I started to learn about photography, videography, graphic design, and theater. Read more>>

Ashley Gossett

I have always loved entertaining my family and friends and cooking and baking. I would host all holidays at my home for family and as time went on I wanted to bake and prepare everything from scratch. In 2011 my husband deployed to Korea for a year and while he was gone I was lonely and lost. Read more>>

Dori Kelley

As a child I learned that if I wanted something I needed to work for it. At 13, I started making balloon animals at local businesses on evenings and weekends to pay for my competitive gymnastic classes. I continued making balloon art part-time as a freelancer throughout my early 20’s. Read more>>

Jeff Mitchell

Record crates to real estate! I moved to Dallas 28 years ago from Oklahoma City. At the time, the license plates in Oklahoma said, “Oklahoma is OK”, just OK! That said, I had to move to the big city of Dallas. Soon as I arrived I began getting deeply entrenched in the music scene here. Read more>>

Alexandra Kretschmar

As my career advanced, I took on more responsibility on the business end and the creative aspects of my job dwindled. I started working on calligraphy for friends and family on the side, and then eventually decided to go full time. Read more>>

Mark and Lillian Lin

Yoga and acroyoga fundamentally changed the way we viewed ourselves, relationships, and how we communicated with others. Yoga taught us to open our minds and hearts and take the time to properly listen, increasing our awareness of both mind and body. Read more>>

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