5 Best Art Cities in The US

Are you a creative person eager to make a living off your artwork? If so, you better be living in the right place to make it happen.

It’s often suggested that if you’re passionate you can make it anywhere. However, cities with art galleries, museums, art schools, etc. may be a better option than some other cities would be.

If you want to get your career as an artist up and running, then location is everything. Thankfully, there are some good cities for artists to start their careers.

Read on to learn about the five best art cities in the U.S.

  1. Hartford, CT

The capital of Connecticut is home to several museums and creative arts institutions such as the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Hartford is also home to local companies like TheaterWorks where contemporary arts are displayed and celebrated. The art community also celebrates diversity, with groups like the unique Artists Collective celebrating the African Diaspora.

All of the art community benefits aside, Hartford is also very affordable, with the average studio apartment cost being $1,121. And the beautiful scenery of Connecticut can be an excellent source of inspiration.

  1. Richmond Virginia, VA

Richmond has been ranked the number one most artistic mid-sized city. Home to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as well as the VCU, Richmond is an affordable town that celebrates art and allows artists to thrive.

The Arts District in Richmond is thriving, and there are options for you to open your own gallery or art studio to begin making money from your work. If you’re interested in renting office space to do just that, check out this location from Gather.

  1. Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis is home to 55 museums, and vibrant murals can be found all throughout the city. Inspiration can also come from the nature that residents hold dear.

Studio rental rates are low, averaging $1,236. Minnesota also has options for affordable housing for artists that you can look into.

  1. Washington D.C.

Our nation’s capital is known for its rich history and its appreciation for art. D.C. is home to the National Gallery of Art, which is widely considered one of the best art galleries to visit. Frequent art festivals, as well as music and theater, make the U.S. capital a haven for artists.

  1. Pittsburgh, PA

The fact that Pittsburgh is home to the Andy Warhol Museum about says it all. However, The Mattress Factory and the Carnegie Museum of Art are also pretty big matters for the city to boast about. Pittsburgh is also home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house, an architectural masterpiece.

The Best Art Cities

Now that you know the best art cities you can make it in, it’s time to decide if you’re passionate enough about your work to make a move. It’s gonna be a change, but it could be an opportunity to thrive and make a living doing what you love. Head out and start selling your masterpieces in a new home.

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