Arts in America is a rapidly growing and expanding market, and one that a lot of people are jumping on board with. Whether you’re looking to move to America, or just looking to visit for a holiday (you can read more about your visa and apply here: esta-visa.org.uk) there is no shortage of cities to visit for those looking for an artistic experience. Read on for our list of the best cities in the USA for the arts.
New York City, New York
Anyone with a passion for any art form should pay a visit to New York City in their life. Manhattan could keep you occupied for days, wandering around the countless museums and galleries like the world-famous Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum, but make sure you explore New York’s other area’s too. Whether it’s Brooklyn’s Bushwick for its modern street art and contemporary galleries, or Broadway to catch an awe-inspiring stage show, there are plenty of places all over New York City to enjoy no matter what your interest.
Nashville has been known as one of the biggest music centres for country music for a long time now. With 59 listed record labels in the local yellow pages and over 120 live music venues, it’s the perfect hub for anyone with an interest in music. But beyond the music, Nashville is home to plenty of urban greenspace with 3,000 acres of biking, walking and horse trails, and some of the best southern food in the USA. For any history or architectural buffs out there, you can even take a visit to the Parthenon, an exact replica of the original Parthenon in Athens.
Baltimore is a rarity, a city that you don’t feel like you have to ‘escape’ from. With a slower pace than most cities its size and bigger, it’s somewhere that you can truly relax and let the creativity flow. Whether you’re a musician or an artist, the creative scene can most definitely hold its own in the city. Baltimore is the home to Artscape, the largest free arts festival in the USA, and even if you only visit for that single event, it’s more than worth the trip.
Chicago is home to the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, reason enough to visit this amazing city as an artist. But if you need even more convincing, there’s no need to even go inside these institutions. Wandering ‘The Loop’ will bring you past plenty of public artwork including a Picasso sculpture, and Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate in Millennium Park. River North also functions as another arty hotspot, and with over 100 art galleries in the area, it has one of the highest concentrations of galleries outside of New York City.
With over 51,000 students at the University of Texas, it’s no wonder that Austin works as quite the hub for artists. While it’s not traditionally artistic in the form of galleries, the city holds a charm that many modern artists will find themselves drawn to. Whether it’s the music scene, the picturesque lakes or the towns on the outskirts of the city that hold their own charm, there’s something for everyone to do and draw inspiration from throughout this student-heavy city.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Home to the $500,000 prize at the ArtPrize competition, Grand Rapids is a city quickly up and coming in the art world. Nestled in the middle of more glitzy or gritty counterparts, the allure of the city lies mostly in its revived downtown and its extensive collection of art spaces that are drawing in young people – the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) is a gallery, theatre and a ‘party place’ all rolled into one, and it’s not even close to being the only one of its kind.