Papa T, ArtHop

  “Everything is go-go-go for me, so art is a way to wind down.” Co-workers are surprised when they find out that Tony paints and draws as a hobby. Tony thinks this is because he does not have the creative persona like most artists have. Meet Tony Persons (aka Papa T). Tony is a full-time special education teacher for Clovis Unified and a part-time artist. Born and raised in Turlock, Tony and his wife moved to Fresno to attend Fresno State. He loved... Read More

Jackie Holmes, El Dorado Park Volunteer

  “I much rather live in a place where there are differences than a homogenized community where everything is blah.” Jackie Holmes tours El Dorado Park. She says the area only consists of 2 1/2 blocks. It is amazing how such a small area can cause so many problems. Meet Jackie Holmes. She volunteers to improve El Dorado Park by cooperating with several organizations. El Dorado Park is one of the neighborhoods targeted in efforts to revitalize the Fresno... Read More

Adriana Castillo, Animator and Folk Artist

  What Adriana likes most about Fresno is it’s small community. ”A small community helps you develop yourself as an artist and gives you the chance to bring awareness within the community,” she says. Adrian is looking for more creative work to do locally, aside from her full-time job as an animator. Here, she is sketching a promotional poster for the Rogue Festival. "Most of my life, I've worked for my career not for myself,"... Read More


  “Fresno is where I come back to and everything I have planned for the future is here.” Modupe on her wedding say in Nigeria in 2009. That gal is always smiling; I love it.   Meet Modupe. Modupe was born in Nigeria. She has lived all over the world, including Australia, Fiji, India, San Francisco and Fresno. Out of all the places she has lived in, she considers Fresno to be her true home.   HOW DOES FRESNO COMPARE? Modupe with her father... Read More