Even if you are from the same neighborhood as someone else, you might still be coming from different places. Where you are from is a complicated question and it elicits complicated, but interesting and thought-provoking responses. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Nile Fortner | Community Columnist Writer & Multimedia Journalist

I was born in Miami and I’ve been a Fort Lauderdale native all my life. Ever since I was in grade school, I had an interest in writing and stories. My parents would share books, movies, comics, and all kinds of forms of storytelling with me. I took that interest and I started making my own creative stories and around high school, I became more interested in real stories in the South Florida community and culture. So I took my interest in writing while wanting to apply it to the community. Therefore, I reached out to local publications and platforms to see if I could become a community writer helping to bring awareness, understanding, news, and features on people and events. I believe to learn about people is to learn about the community and to learn about the community is to learn about yourself in a way and I’ve learned so much about myself, the people around me, the areas, and so much. Read more>>

Alison Price | Artist

My parents immigrated to the United States from a tiny island in the English Channel, Guernsey. And when I say tiny, it truly is. At roughly 4 miles wide, and 6 miles long, it is steeped in culture. Known for its gorgeous golden cows, and their rich milk, achingly beautiful bays and shoreline, it is also a place that has seen an incredible amount of violent history. Occupied during the Second World War by German forces, the resilient Island residents still carry the trauma and stories from that dark time. The childhood I had was full of tales of the war, and the war’s effects on my family. My grandmother, pregnant with twins, was refused admission to the hospital by the occupying Germans during the War. She died giving birth to my mom and her twin. I think about this often, my grandfather left without a wife, the mother of his children, during wartime. It was the community that rallied. Even as the people of the island were starving, and were being starved, they found food for the children. Read more>>

Dennis Scholl | President and CEO, Oolite Arts

I came to Miami from New Jersey when I was eight-years-old. Oddly enough, for someone who has dedicated their life to the arts, as a blue collar kid they weren’t a part of my upbringing. I grew up fishing, diving and waterskiing. In fact, I hadn’t been inside an art museum until I was a senior at Florida International University, and I stumbled across the Frost Art Museum on campus. I fell in love with the cool white box and how the artworks spoke to each other, and to me! I immediately got a job at an art gallery and learned everything I could about contemporary art. Over the years, I’ve been a CPA, a lawyer, a venture capitalist, a winemaker and a philanthropist, but my passion has always been for the visual arts. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to lead Oolite Arts at this moment in its history. Read more>>

Amiel | Artist & Founder of Mass Vibes Productions

I’m born and raised in Broward County, Florida. Lauderhill to be specific. I come from a family that was based on love but heavily involved in the streets. Lost a lot when I was young and I feel that’s what made me who I am today. I’m able to overcome certain situations that the next man would fold to. It was a blessing in disguise. Read more>>