Arts and culture are inherently connected to the communities and places in which they exist, and to the people who live and work in those spaces. Collectively, this is an ecosystem that contributes to the overall enjoyment and quality of our everyday lives. The connection among these elements can shape our identities and make traveling, experiencing new things, and discovering the unknown so special.
Join us for a journey through our Creative Vitality Lists and immerse yourself in the world of arts and culture without needing to leave or travel anywhere — let us take you on an exploration into the unknown.
This series of data-driven lists document the economic impact of arts and culture on local economies and showcase stories that illuminate the creative and cultural vibrancy of communities across the United States.
Creative Vitality Lists
Top 30 Most Creative Small Cities
Image credits (left to right): Courtesy: Robert Killips via Lansing State Journal; Courtesy: Dave’s Travel Corner; Courtesy: Emily Malkowski via Malkowski Blog
This list looks beyond well-known creative hotspots like New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Austin to showcase the vitality of smaller, perhaps lesser-known, creative communities. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you might discover here!
The Top 10 Music Cities You Need to Know About
Image credits (left to right): Courtesy: Brian Lasky Photography; Courtesy: Joe Papeo Photography; Courtesy: Douglas Mason
Do you consider yourself a music enthusiast? Take a look at this list that focuses on music cities with a population of 500,000 or less. Learn more about what makes a music city and how the industry plays a critical role in fueling creative economies.
6 Can’t-Miss Public Art Stops of the Southwest
Image credits (left to right): The Dinosaurs of Santa Monica (1989). By Claude Lalanne and Françoise-Xavier Lalanne. City of Santa Monica, California Public Art Collection. Courtesy: Dinosaurs of Santa Monica, Les Lalannes, 1989. Photo by William Short; Seven Magic Mountains (2016). By Ugo Rondinone. Courtesy: Poppy & Co.; A Resurrection in Four Stanzas (2021). By April Banks. City of Santa Monica, California Public Art Collection. Courtesy: Leroy Hamilton
Who doesn’t love public art? We paired up with our sibling product Public Art Archive™, a searchable online database of completed public artworks, to showcase a uniquely art-centered road trip through the Southwest.
Ready to Venture Off?
We are excited to celebrate the creative vitality of the communities featured in these lists and hope they inspire you to share stories of how the arts and culture sector enriches your community’s economic and creative health!