The Most Inspiring Art Cities in America
Cities across the country are figuring out that by prioritizing the arts, they can build economies, reverse blight, and transform their communities. These ten are doing it right—and worthy of a visit.
To witness how profoundly local arts initiatives are energizing cities these days, you only have to pick your vantage point. From the shores of the Mississippi River in New Orleans, view Kara Walker’s steam-organ art installation, which celebrates the role of music in the city’s history of resilience.
From within the psychedelic walls of the House of Eternal Return, a creation of the Santa Fe collective Meow Wolf, experience how local artists are overhauling their folksy aesthetic.
On the streets of a once derelict neighborhood in Baltimore, spend an afternoon gallery hopping in a district that’s now home to as many affordable artists’ work spaces as venues to see their art. These and seven other cities across the country are rallying behind local artists and forging new identities along the way.