Nothing beats creativity -- especially if it's used to make a wave in the local community.
Since 2010, we've been on the hunt for emerging creatives in the Valley who are working on cool projects. Call them designers, performers, chefs, singers, dancers, painters, sculptors...
Starting today, we're taking names of Phoenix residents who deserve $500 to further their own creative venture in one of the following categories: visual art, design, fashion, performing art, and culinary art.
Winners and finalists have included designers Safwat Saleem and the team behind SeeSaw Designs, performer Marcelino Quiñonez, filmmaker Saxon Richardson, writer Kim Porter, artist Peter Bugg, and fashion designer Rebecca Turley, to name a few.
In the tradition of Big Brains, we'll be profiling three finalists in each category right here, as well as on our food blog, Chow Bella
, and our music blog, Up on the Sun
. We'll announce the winners during Artopia - an evening of art, food, fashion, drinks and music on April 7. (More on that later.)