America’s Top ArtPlaces 2013

Public art makes cities feel more alive. But what’s more, art inspires us to imagine as a community—it’s brain juice for the collective unconscious. 

Having a city full of art urges our imaginations to stay curious. We need that if we are to collectively create new things.  


ArtPlace, led by the incomparable Carol Coletta, recently announced America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces, all of which are communities. Winners combine art, artists and venues with independent businesses, retail shops and restaurants. The mix is eclectic by design, aimed at spurring a vibrant lifestyle where every citizen is a cultural consumer.

America’s Top 12 ArtPlaces for 2013 are:

Brooklyn, NY / The intersection of Downtown, Fort Greene, 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
Philadelphia, PA / Old City
Portland, OR / The Pearl District and a portion of Downtown
San Francisco, CA / The Mission District
Seattle, WA / The Pike-Pine Corridor
Washington, DC / The intersection of Adams Morgan, U Street, and Dupont Circle

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