8 North American Cities Experiencing an Artistic Boom
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This month, GOOD wants you to make time for art as a part of the GOOD 30-Day Challenge. Because art is important to the culture of so many cities, we wanted to know which cities you think are full of emerging talent and creativity.
Last week, we asked the GOOD community to tell us which cities are experiencing an artistic boom, and which artists we should keep an eye out for.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Autumn Page and Genevieve Rosengren both told us to check out Grand Rapids, Michigan and its annual ArtPrize event.
Every year, the Grand Rapids community comes together for ArtPrize, an annual competition that brings together artists from around the world to share and discuss art with the general public. Any property in downtown Grand Rapids can be a venue for an artist, and everyone attending the event can vote for their favorite piece of art. The festival awards more than $498,000 to artists based on the public vote, but the main focus of the event is about building community and exchanging ideas.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Leslie E. Roos told us that Winnipeg "was the 'cultural capital of Canada 2010' and has some particularly badass musical and visual artists to watch out for!"
Want to learn where to look for said badass artists? The Winnipeg Arts Council's Cultural Map of Winnipeg is a great guide to the city's art scene.
Wiley Frances Reading told us to keep an eye out for Washington, D.C., specifically local muralist (and awesome human being) Torie Partridge, who owns Cherry Blossom Mural Works.
If you're interested in discovering more emerging artists in the Washington, D.C. area, check out the (e)merge art fair in October.
Oscar Morris recommended the art scene in Austin, saying "the art and design community as a whole is really flourishing." Austin has no shortage of cool art events, including Art City Austin, which the Art Alliance Austin calls an "art festival Meets block party."
Sam Sikanas and Jim McLuckie both recommended Detroit as a city experiencing an artistic boom. Detroit has some awesome art galleries all around the city. An organization called ArtDetroitNow features resources for the Detroit community including the ArtDetroitNow Gallery Guide and Detroit Gallery Week, which highlight art galleries across the city.
Several people recommended Miami's flourishing art scene. Noelle A. Galperin told us to "look for Pablo D. Cano, Cano Art in Miami, Florida! He's an amazing artist that uses primarily found objects/ recycled materials in his work."
Not a city, per se, but Brooklyn!" says Kaya Casper, adding a recommendation to eep an eye on Jas Knight. "GOOD things happening in the studio right now," Casper says.
If you're interested in checking out more emerging artists in Brooklyn, visit The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, a nonprofit with a mission to assist emerging artists looking to advance their careers and to present art in an easily accessible format.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Melanie DeMyacotte wholeheartedly recommended we travel to Mexico, with a special shoutout to artist Zoë Siegel. San Miguel de Allende is a popular tourist attraction for art lovers worldwide and is home to San Miguel's Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Instituto Allende.