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

Kiara Harris

I took calculated risks and made hard choices, but my passion for my craft, determination to succeed and love for the hustle carried me through and continues to. Sewing is my superpower and my purpose while I’m here on this earth is to create things that make me feel good, useful and connected to others. Read more>>

Courtney Nicole Googe

During my time at UWYO, I was able to take advantage of the study abroad program and spent a month in northern India. Despite curry for breakfast six days a week, I fell in love with the experience and it reminded me that I don’t like staying in one place for long, ratherI love seeking new places and adventures. Read more>>

Brigham Mosley

I moved to NYC and plugged into the experimental performance scene and further developed my aesthetic – got to make work at some cool places and collaborate with cool people. Then about four years ago my now-husband and I moved back to Dallas to expand our practice and live in a place that felt like home. Read more>>

Casie Luong

Countless years, nerve wrecking performances and many competitions later, I found myself joining choir and continuing piano throughout my college years. Whether it was Bach, Debussy, Copeland, Sinatra, Eagles, Temptations, or Amy Winehouse, music made me feel like I wasn’t alone. Read more>>

Starla Halfmann

I worked for a publishing company at the same exact office that Office Space the movie was filmed in. My company went bankrupt and moved us into this building to save money and gave us all red staplers and used DVDs of the movie to lighten the news. Read more>>

Emily Chapa

One great face painter in particular took me under her wing and gave me that final push to fly. That’s really what this artistic journey has been about; all of the generous people along the way who have shared of themselves and their talents to help me thrive. Read more>>

Melanie Farris

I enjoyed many creative activities while growing up such as art, theater and poetry. Going into my teenage years, I left many of my creative outlets behind because I was more focused on my social life. In 2012, while living in California, a dear friend introduced me to sacred geometry. Read more>>

Paul Smith

Another upside to tattooing is the ability to travel, and do tattoo conventions in different cities across the country. Now that I have the doors open at Red Stag, we are hoping to add an International Convention to our yearly schedule. Read more>>

Neena Buxani

My dream of becoming a Professional Artist started when I was a little girl. I loved anything and everything to do with the arts. When it was time to select a college degree to pursue, art was not something my family thought had a future. Read more>>


Dossey is the electro-pop alter-ego of artist/songwriter/enigma Sarah Dossey, who derives her sound from a truly eclectic appreciation of music and art. The banjo playing member of Austin-based folk/bluegrass trio Indian & the Jones, Dossey’s sound as a solo artist is very much influenced by traditional American folk. Read more>>

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