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Thought-Provokers: East 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 East Dallas that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jamie Tartarilla

I found a template for a T-shirt online and started drawing on the pocket of the T-shirt. Made the two lines at the bottom following the Pocket and decided to go up towards the middle to make a diamond. Then I just connected the dots in the middle. The two triangles on the top sides in case the pyramid, filling the entire pocket. Read more>>

Seraphina Nova Glass

Currently, I’m thrilled to be able to say I have the best job in the world teaching what I love. I’m an Assistant Professor of Instruction and Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Texas, Arlington. Although I tried my hand at acting, directing, and filmmaking throughout my career, my first love is writing. Read more>>

Zach Furr

My mother likes to tell people that I loved to draw on the walls when I was a small child. She also likes to tell people that she happily condoned this behavior because she didn’t want to crush my creativity. I guess it’s a good thing she did that. Thanks, parents. Read more>>

Lane Harder

After studying music composition at UT Austin and earning a DMA, I moved back to Dallas to teach at SMU where I am currently a lecturer in music composition and theory and where I direct SYZYGY, the contemporary music ensemble of the Meadows School of the Arts. I also freelance as a composer and performer, and I’m a percussionist at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. I write I teach. Read more>>

Nova Glass

Although I tried my hand at acting, directing, and filmmaking throughout my career, my first love is writing; first and foremost, I consider myself a writer. I wasn’t an avid reader as a kid. In fact, I hated school. Growing up, I went to a tiny, religious school with less than fifty kids in total, K-12. I think I was the only kid in my grade a few years in a row. Read more>>

Wolf Slaughters

Well, I was 19yrs old and just graduated, I didn’t really have a plan on what I was to do with myself. So I enlisted in the U.S. Army for six years, served overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan as an infantryman. I remember sitting in the MRAP and my buddy asking what I was gonna do when I got back. Read more>>

Julie Hansch

I have a BFA from the University of North Texas; I always wanted to take the Jewelry and Metalwork studio class at school. The class materials were very expensive, so I had to pass on the class. I’ve always loved jewelry and clothing, and to this day, I still make small modifications to each article of clothing and accessory I wear to make it unique to my style. Read more>>

Danny Hughes

I discovered my own sound and began producing and releasing music as “DCPA” (Danny the Certified Public Accountant). From 2016 through the end of 2018, I’ve produced two EP’s of three tracks each, six separate singles, and played in several different venues. I’m excited to announce my latest, four-song EP titled “Inflection” will be released in early 2019. Read more>>

Johannes Boekhoudt

I’m an artist focusing social matters from around the world. I’m documenting lack of human rights, domestic violence, kid’s rights. With a terrible era that we are living right now, I thought that somehow, I have to raise my voice for those that can’t do it. Read more>>

Tina Greene

I have always been a writer and was trying to figure out a way to create a business where I could craft something specific for my customer. Customers are a true passion of mine, but so is being creative, and if I’m being honest…clever. 🙂 So here I am! This truly is the best of both worlds for me. I am able to do what I love by expressing my creativity, and still interfacing with people every day. Read more>>

Melvin Johnson

My Journey to become a Film Director began when I was 8 years old. I would find myself writing skits, plays, & short scripts, And I watched almost every movie that I could. It became my obsession and I knew that if I just had one chance to create a movie, it would change my life forever. As an adult I tried many different career paths but nothing really fit me, because I always knew where my heart truly was. Then I met my girlfriend who challenged me to be my best self, and in an attempt to impress her I decided to go to film school. Read more>>

Kurt Neale

Picture the family of Don Draper in MAD MEN and you’ll have a pretty good idea of my world growing up as kid in the 60’s. My father is an amazing artist and was the president of an advertising agency before retiring. I grew up in Dallas, Texas in a middle class, not very religious family surrounded by creative, fun loving artistic people. I attended SMU on a football scholarship but I fractured my neck at the start of my sophomore year and my football career was over. I started out as a business major but I soon discovered it wasn’t a fit for me. Read more>>

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