We’re constantly referring to NYC as one of the best hubs for art in the country, and ArtPlace America recently reaffirmed that claim when they named two NYC locations in their “Top Twelve ArtPlaces” list. ArtPlace is an “initiative recognizing neighborhoods in the largest 44 metropolitan areas in the country where arts are central to creating places where people—residents and visitors—want to be.” Way to go, NYC! Here’s a look at the complete list, taken from the ArtPlace website:
- Brooklyn, NY: The intersection of Downtown, Fort Green, Gowanus, Park Slope, and Prospect Heights
- Dallas, TX: The Dallas Arts District, with parts of Deep Ellum and Exposition Park
- Los Angeles, CA: Central Hollywood
- Miami Beach, FL: South Beach
- Milwaukee, WI: East Town and a portion of the Lower East Side
- New York, NY: Manhattan Valley
- Oakland, CA: Downtown, including Chinatown, Old Oakland, and Jack London Square
- Philadelpia, PA: Old City
- Portland, OR: The Pearl District and a portion of Downtown
10. San Francisco, CA: The Mission District
11. Seattle, WA: The Pike-Pine Corridor
12. Washington, DC: The intersection of Adams, Morgan, U Street, and Dupont Circle
“The impact the arts have had on the social and economic vibrancy and economy of these communities is unmistakable,” said ArtPlace’s Carol Coletta. “This study shows how the arts can provide a foundation for a diversity of neighborhoods to survive.
The top twelve places on the list are those in America that have most successfully integrated the arts with local businesses, creating a vibrant environment where creativity and expression can thrive. The communities chosen were also those that were the most walkable and therefore locally vibrant.
ArtPlace used six indicators to determine which communities were in the top twelve: the number of retail and service businesses, the percentage of independent businesses, the neighborhood’s Walk Score, the percentage of workers in creative occupations living in the neighborhood, the number of arts-related non-profits, and the number of arts-related businesses.