When considering the best cities in America for the artists and art lovers, a few obvious choices come to mind, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. with all the public art and Smithsonian collections.
But what about per capita, if you love art, here are the top 5.
1. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is already plenty enticing. But now it also tops out the list of friendliest art cities. The cobblestone streets lead to more than 50 galleries and exhibition spaces along Gallery Row, while the Halsey Instiute of Contemporary Art and Gibbes Museum are just a stone’s throw away in the French Quarter.
2. Miami, Florida
This one doesn’t come as a surprise, given that it’s the well-known home to the annual Art Basel. But don’t be fooled, Miami is a year-round mecca for art enthusiasts.
3. Berkeley, California
Now to the West Coast, where LA and San Francisco are edged out by the birthplace of the free speech movement: Berkeley. The big draw here is the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, a combination movie theater, archive, and art museum.
4. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
There is a vibrant arts community in Broward County. Some top picks include the newly opened outdoor Science Park at Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Discovery and Science; the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, which houses the estate of Chicago-born artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife Evelyn; and the NSU Art Museum.
5. New Orleans, Louisiana
People may come to the Big Easy for Bourbon Street and po-boys, but they stay for the street-corner musicians and bustling contemporary art scene. Highlights include the French Quarter, and in City Park.