These Are The 10 Best Cities For Artists In America

By now you’ve probably heard the well-worn trope of the starving artist who lives frugally and eschews material things for the sake of their artwork but this doesn’t need to be the status quo. 

Artists should be able to hone their craft while enjoying a thriving cultural scene and living comfortably.

If you’re an emerging artist or one looking for a new source of inspiration, check out this list of the 10 best cities to live and work in.


Connecticut’s capital has multiple diverse museums and creative arts institutions like the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and TheaterWorks. Studios cost an average of $1,121.


The city that brought us the legendary Prince is home to an incredible music scene. 55 museums can also be found in Minneapolis. Outdoor lovers will enjoy the vibrant murals around the city


Between the outdoor festivals and museums, what’s not to love? Artists will want to stop by the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, and The Mattress Factory.

washington D.C.

The Capital ranks number one in museums and rightly so. No trip to DC is complete without a visit to the Smithsonian, National Museum of African American History & Culture to name a few


Seattle is the home of grunge music and the birthplace of the group Nirvana. But besides music, there’s something for everyone: dance companies, galleries, theaters, and so much more.


Aspiring artists interested in furthering their education will find the top two art schools in Philly: the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. 


Berkeley is a tech-heavy area, but don’t sleep on its art scene. Performing arts, in particular, are top-tier in the city. 


This is an ideal city for the artsy crowd. Visit the Art Institute of Chicago to view their extensive collections, spend a night at the theater, or take in an art installation. 

St. Louis

Fourteen performing art companies and ten dance companies provide plenty of opportunities to fine-tune those skills or to simply enjoy the work of fellow artists.


Visual artists will find a creative home in Baltimore. There are 60 diverse museums including the Baltimore Art Museum and the Walters Art Museum.

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