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Discover the 10 Cities With the Best Arts Scenes

Discover the 10 Cities With the Best Arts Scenes
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3. Northampton, MA

The Arts and Culture Department is a vital and vibrant supporter of Northampton arts projects; this council works tirelessly to fund, promote, and present high quality, community-based arts programming for the benefit of artists, residents and visitors to the City of Northampton.

The department works with the arts council to perform tasks assigned to local cultural councils. The Arts and Culture department also coordinates the Paradise City Cultural District and serves as the city’s liaison to local, regional, and statewide arts and culture organizations.

The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts.

Goals of the Northampton Arts Council include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events as Transperformance and Four Sundays in February, and advocating on behalf of the arts community.


2. Ithaca, NY

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Calling all artists to the The Greater Ithaca Art Trail, an integral part of the rich cultural landscape of Upstate New York.

You can alternate viewing art with wine tasting, hiking, boating, antiquing, or Farmer’s Market shopping. After a day of exceptional studio visits, fine restaurants, music, theatre, and dance are abundant in one of America’s most beloved college towns. Ithaca has no less than ten art galleries, as well as a bevy of beautiful performance art and music studios, and arts festivals throughout the year.

“So many galleries; so little time!” is the slogan in Ithaca. When you’re in Ithaca, you are fully immersed in the arts with so much to experience that a return visit or an overnight stay is a must to appreciate the luxury of so much art to experience and participate in.


1. Hilton Head Island, SC

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Hilton Head Island is a resort community that has become a mecca for visual arts fans that want to explore the best in gallery shows and participate in creating their own work with guidance from some of the best artists in the world.

Whatever your medium of choice is acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, or oils, Hilton Head Island has magical inspiration and instruction to offer.

Hilton Head Island and the nearby town Bluffton are proud to host over a dozen art galleries and studios. Both offer many local and traveling exhibits and art shows each year, and are proud to hold studio workshops for those who want to improve their artistic skills.

Hilton Head Island offers an exceptional number of cultural opportunities for a community its size, including Broadway-quality plays at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, the 120-member full chorus of the Hilton Head Choral Society, the highly rated Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the largest annual outdoor, tented wine tasting event on the east coast, and several other annual community festivals.

It is also home to the Coastal Discovery Museum and the Main Street Youth Theater. The Main Street Youth theatre is active all year long, providing Broadway quality theatre performances, and offering theater workshops in acting, dance and vocal instruction.

The mission of the Arts Council of Beaufort County (ACBC) is to promote and foster the arts of Beaufort County, including Hilton Head Island. ACBC’s vision is to position and maintain Beaufort County and Hilton Head Island as a vibrant arts community and destination through active marketing, service to current arts organizations and artists and advocacy for the arts.

Programs include Quarterly Community Arts Grants; the Ever Expanding Arts Calendar; Get Your Art Out emerging artist initiative; the print publication ArtNews, and the free quarterly seminars exploring the business of the arts – Arts of the Roundtables.

Featured image by Scott Oves

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Skye MacLeod Travel expert, writer for America Unraveled.

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