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Thought-Provokers: Garland

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

Loners Club

As I was writing my letter goodbye, I remember writing “I tried everything.” I felt bad if it wasn’t true. I always thought about songwriting. So I said I’d go for it before I go. I called me brother Sosa Real and we’ll, that conversation gave me a new light. Read more>>

Maxwell Ferguson

Because of the experiences and friendships made at music events alongside my grandfather, I shaped the name “FullyMaxxed” wishing to bring those moments to the stage, only allowing positive vibes to rise to their fullest. Growing up in an environment filled with styles of music ranging from cumbias, rock, country. Read more>>

Rachel Crow

I have been a writer since high school where I first met pen to paper writing poetry. I wrote as a way to make sense of the chaotic secret life of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse I’d been living through since age six. Through writing, I learned to connect with my feelings and gain comprehension of the world around me. Later my writing turned to prayers and soon advanced into a blog. Read more>>

Greg Thomas

Ever since I can remember, art has been an important part of my life. In my childhood years, drawing was all I wanted to do. I would copy everything from logos on packaging to my favorite cartoon characters. When I got a little older, I was obsessed with graffiti and in retrospect, that’s probably where I fell in love with typography. I was so interested in all of the different styles and the way graffiti made you work to figure out what things said. Read more>>

Dana Difilippantonio and Michael Dooley

We have both been lifelong gamers, and have known each other since 2003, where we met at college as music majors. After we finished our degrees, we went separate ways, but we both actively pursued composition, and ultimately writing music for video games was a dream of each of ours. Read more>>

Melody Muzljakovich

Singing in different voices and being all dramatic in how I did so and dabbling in different genres of music which is the influence of my awesomely talented parents. Heck, even when I normally converse, my voice can’t help being superbly animated. Read more>>

Nicole Chamberlain

For the longest time, I believed in the lie that jewelry making was just a hobby. Five years ago, I found my truth and believe in my passion and art today. My art is not a hobby it’s what I was put on this earth to do, and I’m so thankful for knowing this truth. Read more>>

Toan Tran

Taking on many different roles for experience, from producing to production assisting. Now, I’m a full time filmmaker, under my production house called Time Traveler Pictures. (Time Traveler was a nickname that one my peers called me during film school). Read more>>

Charles Dolinta

My entire life I’ve been fond of light. Growing up I remember waiting excitedly each year for my birthday because it meant that my parents would buy me a new flashlight. The brighter the better! Fast forward to 2017. I became a nurse and followed what I thought was my passion. Read more>>

Richard Andrew Sharum

I shot architecture between 2010 and 2013 as a means to an end when my photojournalism work dried up. Ever since 2013 I have been back shooting commissioned projects and self-induced on issues I find needing attention. Read more>>

Kathryn Crenshaw- David

What really got me interested in art was growing up in my father’s Comic Store, Big D Books and Comics. Every Saturday, I would spend the day there with a pile of comics and some sandwiches and I fell in love with artists like Stan Sakai, Bill Sienkiewicz, Bob McLeod, Ramona Fradon and many more. Read more>>

Jorden Freeman

Music has always been a central component in my life. I grew up listening to everything from Boston to Lil Boosie. It’s funny thinking back on my childhood now – I remember connecting to music in a more serious way than other kids. I was able to play on toy pianos, find a decent progression, and just. Read more>>

Colton Tapp

It started with stopping, rewinding and rerecording takes if we didn’t like the last one. There was no such thing as uploading and editing in our world yet. This passion continued throughout my early years, auditioning for films such as Little Rascals and performing in plays at local community centers. Read more>>

Cynthia Stock

I wrote my first story in elementary school with my best friend. It was about a stolen bracelet that ended up in a Thanksgiving turkey. I kept diaries for years. During my nursing career, I continued to write and educate myself about the craft. I attended writing classes at UT Dallas guided by Ron Tobias and Robert Nelson. Read more>>

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