2018 EMERGING ACTOR / JOSHUA

 Photo Taken By: Kissenia Chara-Williams

Photo Taken By: Kissenia Chara-Williams

Joshua, 20

From: Brooklyn

Focus: Acting

Joshua is a 20 year old actor and visual artist from Brooklyn. Joshua takes pride in his unique style of drawing and being completely self taught. He dreams of starring in a large action film as a superhero, such as Miles Morales in Spiderman, inspiring youth with a positive message. For now he spends hours upon hours creating stop motion films, where he can create his own story while balancing school and work. He’s taken improv 101 at Upright Citizens Brigade building his foundational knowledge in acting. In the Art Start program, Joshua hopes to explore different art forms including, acting, sculpting and stop motion videos in order to be more than ready to take on the world as a successful actor.

2018 EMERGING VISUAL ARTIST, FASHION DESIGNER /KAYLA

 Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Kayla, 15

From: Harlem, NY

Focus: Visual Artist/ Fashion Designer

Kayla is a 15 year old, visual artist and fashion designer from Harlem. She enjoys exploring the darker side of things, painting neon devil girls and killer aliens and zombies. Her art style also leads into her own fashion sense. She is unafraid of embracing her own unique identity. At Art Start, she is interested in mastering the usage of oil paints, completing her miniseries of paintings and learning how to make digital art. She'll be taking a pre-college digital illustration course at FIT.

2018 EMERGING RAPPER, VISUAL ARTIST /DAYSEAN

 Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Daysean, 18

From: Bronx, NY

Focus: Rapper / Visual Artist

Daysean is an 18-year old multidimensional artist from the Bronx, New York. He started sketching when he was 8 and in middle school began writing songs as his appreciation for Hip-Hop music + poetry blossomed. These ‘hobbies’ brought him to Art Start’s “Emerging Artists Program”, where he focuses on sketching and illustration as well as songwriting and recording. He has taken vocal lessons and a character design class whilst being mentored by professionals in his fields. His artwork has been auctioned and sold at Sotheby’s Auction House and Elizabeth Sutton’s “Good Vibes Only” event. He has also performed at Art Start’s 25th Anniversary event and the grand opening of Art 511 Magazine.


2018 EMERGING RAPPER, SONGWRITER / SHAWN

 Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Shawn, A.K.A Tags, 18

From: Bronx, NY

Focus: Rapper / Songwriter

Shawn a.k.a “Tags” is an 18 year old Hip-Hop recording artist and young visionary from the Bronx. He began gaining a passion for music in the 5th grade when he won 2nd place in a Lehman college poetry slam. Tags has been perfecting his craft writing and recording songs over the years and released his first mixtape “Vibe Waves” in 2017. His goal is to create music that will relieve people from everyday problems, and plans on becoming a major icon in the music industry. Tags is currently working with Art Start recording original songs while learning beat production and branding for his music group “Holy Boyz”.

2017 EMERGING DESIGNER / TRE

 Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Tre, 17

From: Bronx, NY

Focus: Fashion

Tre aka “Tre Milan” is an artist, painter and fashion designer from the Bronx. He discovered his talent only 3 years ago in an art class with a very supportive teacher. He has his own brand which he calls “Unmatched” because his designs are unmatched to any other. At Art Start he is enrolled in a fashion course at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) where he hopes to learn more about fabric and sewing. Once finished with high school, he plans to pursue a Bachelor's degree in fashion. In the future, Tre sees himself designing haute couture and luxury, showing his work in Paris, Milan and other fashion capitals whilst still able to return home.

2017 EMERGING M.C. VOCALIST / DENNIS

 Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Dennis, 17

From: Brooklyn, NY

Focus: Rapper / Songwriter 

Dennis a.k.a “Dennis Gretzky” is a 17-year old rapper from Bedstuy, Brooklyn. What he loves most about rap is the rhyme schemes, metaphors and punchlines which he always incorporates in his music. In the Art Start program, Dennis is working with his mentor Miky, recording music every week. He's also taking a beat-making class to enhance his music production skills. He hopes to improve his flow and vocabulary so that he can make better music and in the future tour coast to coast.

 

 

2017 EMERGING VISUAL ARTIST & M.C. / DAYSEAN

 Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Daysean, 17

From: Bronx, NY

Focus: Rapper / Songwriter & Mixed Media Visual Artist

God Shomari “Daysean” is a 17-year old visual and Hip Hop recording artist from the Bronx, New York. In the 3rd grade, after witnessing a friend receive lots of positive feedback for his artwork, Daysean opted to pick up the pencil and start sketching. As he started middle school, his appreciation for Hip Hop and poetry evolved into a passion to write his own lyrics. These ‘hobbies’ led him to Art Start, where he improves on his artistic abilities, meets professional artists and showcases his talents. However, he feels that being able to work with peers who gravitate towards his aesthetic is the best part of the experience. Daysean aims to excel as a multitalented artist, expanding his horizon in the music production, voice, acting and fashion world. He has taken vocal lessons and a concept and character design class through Art Start while writing and recording songs with mentor Miky.

2017 EMERGING M.C. VOCALIST / RAPHY

 Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Raphy, 19

From: Bronx, NY

Focus: Rapper / Songwriter 

Raphy a.k.a. “Doublee R” is a 19 year old New York rapper. He was born in the Dominican Republic (DR, Doublee R). Living in the Bronx, Doublee R fell in love with music at the age of 11, using it as a means to express his emotions. Art Start has given him opportunities to demonstrate his love of music at lots of events and field trips. He's currently taking beat-making classes while writing and recording his own songs. Doublee R wants to flow better, sound better and think better with the help of his mentor Miky.

 

 

 

2017, EMERGING M.C. VOCALIST / MALIK

 Malik's photo taken by Mauricio Quintero 

Malik's photo taken by Mauricio Quintero 

Malik, 17 

From: Brooklyn, NY

Focus: M.C. 

Malik is a 16-year old M.C. from Brooklyn. Malik came to Art Start by recommendation of program partner YO SOS (Youth Organizing Save Our Streets). Malik is passionate about social justice and often writes music that express his feelings about gun violence and police brutality. In the Emerging Artist Program, Malik records each week at the Art Start Studios. He workshops his writing with his mentor and will soon begin making his own beats.

Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/dreamchaser-lik

2017, EMERGING VOCAL PERFORMER / TAYAHNA

 Tayahna's photo taken by Natalie Brasington

Tayahna's photo taken by Natalie Brasington

 

Tayahna,15

Focus: Vocal Performance

Tayahna is a 15 year old singer, rapper, songwriter and music producer. Tayahna’s talent was first discovered at the early age of five, when her mother entered her into local talent shows where she always came in first place in her category. Since then, she has been performing all over NYC. Tayahna believes that performing is what she was born to do and says it’s as important to her as breathing! 

She spends the majority of her free time creating and recording her own songs and beats using Pro Tools, Logic, and Reason. Tayahna also plays the piano and the acoustic guitar. Her dream is to become an international recording artist and performer so she can share her music and talent with the world. 

 

2017 EMERGING PERFORMING ARTIST / KEYA

 Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Keya, 18

From: Brooklyn, NY

Focus: Dance, Music, Theater

Keya is an 18 year old performing artist from Brooklyn. She dreams of being on Broadway: singing, acting and dancing, a triple threat. In the Art Start program, she looks forward to becoming a piano playing pro, meeting like minded people and developing a strong relationship with her mentor. Keya believes that for an artist, confidence and passion are key along with ensuring that whatever you’re doing is contributing to your own happiness.

2017 EMERGING SINGER & MUSICIAN / MIGOS

 Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Migos, 18

From: Brooklyn, NY

Focus: Music

Migos is a 17 year old singer and musician from Brooklyn. In Art Start’s Emerging Artist program, Migos is pursuing professional vocal lessons as well as guitar/ukulele instruction with his mentor. In the program, Migos has felt more motivated to write his own songs. Migos considers himself “the heart of Art Start” because “I always bring my energy and contagious laughter and I feel like once I start the party I keep it going.”  Migos hopes that when he leaves Art Start his creative presence will be remembered and he hopes that the program will open more creative doors for him.