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Best Arts District (2021)

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What makes an inspiring art district? Revitalized and renewed urban spaces in once derelict neighborhoods, big name museums with architecture as impressive as the art housed within or streets lined with small galleries and studios interspersed with trendy cafes – no two of these 10Best Art Districts offer quite the same experience, but they all culturally enrich their cities and those who visit.

  • University Circle

    University Circle
    Cleveland, Ohio

    University Circle packs a lot into just one square mile. Art lovers will find the Cleveland Institute of Art Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Sculpture Center, as well as several theaters, music halls and performing arts centers.
    Photo courtesy of Olivia Gruntkowski / University Circle

  • Northeast Minneapolis Arts District

    Northeast Minneapolis Arts District
    Minneapolis

    Centered around the Northrup King Building, the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is home to a dozen artist studio buildings where some 450 artists have studio space. The district’s signature event, Art-A-Whirl, brings together more than 850 participating artists each year.
    Photo courtesy of Northeast Minneapolis Arts District

  • Dallas Arts District

    Dallas Arts District
    Dallas

    The Dallas Arts District at the northeast corner of downtown is the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation, spanning 118 acres. This neighborhood has more buildings designed by Pritzker award-winning architects than any location in the world. Among its many museums, galleries, and performance halls are the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Museum of Asian Art, Winspear Opera House and the Meyerson Symphony Center.
    Photo courtesy of Joseph Haubert / Dallas Arts District

  • Arts District Houston

    Arts District Houston
    Houston

    Arts District Houston, a state-appointed Arts and Cultural District in the city’s First and Sixth Wards, encompasses more than 400 studio spaces for artists and designers and numerous gallery spaces. Visitors can experience art in the Site Gallery, housed within former silos, snap photos of the murals along Art Alley or see underground installations in the Bayou Park Cistern.
    Photo courtesy of Arts District Houston

  • Station North Arts District

    Station North Arts District
    Baltimore

    The Station North Arts and Entertainment District, located in Central Baltimore near Penn Station and Mount Vernon, comprises a collection of galleries, artist live-work spaces and early 20th century row homes. The off-beat arts and nightlife scene includes the six-screen art house Charles Theater, the Metro Gallery and the artist-owned Area 405. Each July, the neighborhood hosts the country's biggest free art festivals, Artscape.
    Photo courtesy of Central Baltimore Partnership

  • Historic Third Ward

    Historic Third Ward
    Milwaukee

    Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward is home to a staggering number of galleries, studios, museums, performing arts spaces and art organizations, including the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Galleries, Milwaukee Potters Guild, ArtWorks for Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network.
    Photo courtesy of Visit Milwaukee

  • Wynwood

    Wynwood
    Miami

    The once quiet Wynwood neighborhood of Miami has transformed into one of the city's busiest art districts, with more than 70 galleries, museums and collections. Before stepping foot in a gallery, the visual bombardment begins with the Wynwood Walls, a series of giant murals by some of street art's biggest names. During Art Basel, the Wynwood Arts District hosts popular pop-up parties and creative collaborations between artists, musicians and commercial brands.
    Photo courtesy of Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • Wabash Arts Corridor

    Wabash Arts Corridor
    Chicago

    This arts district in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop features one of the nation’s largest public arts programs. This “living urban canvas” features abundant street art, as well as performance spaces, public art installations, galleries and other cultural institutions.
    Photo courtesy of Choose Chicago

  • Santa Fe Railyard Arts District

    Santa Fe Railyard Arts District
    Santa Fe, New Mexico

    A few blocks southwest of the Santa Fe Plaza, the Railyard Arts District features several leading art galleries, including the contemporary powerhouse SITE Santa Fe, within a series of warehouses within walking distance of each other. 
    Photo courtesy of USA TODAY

  • Warehouse Arts District

    Warehouse Arts District
    Tucson

    This downtown Tucson arts district has been attracting creative types since the 1980s. It’s one of the best spots in the city to find visual art exhibitions and live music performances amid the collection of galleries, studios and creative spaces.
    Photo courtesy of Visit Tucson

The top 10 winners in the category Best Arts District are as follows:

  1. University Circle - Cleveland, Ohio
  2. Northeast Minneapolis Arts District - Minneapolis
  3. Dallas Arts District - Dallas
  4. Arts District Houston - Houston
  5. Station North Arts District - Baltimore
  6. Historic Third Ward - Milwaukee
  7. Wynwood - Miami
  8. Wabash Arts Corridor - Chicago
  9. Santa Fe Railyard Arts District - Santa Fe, New Mexico
  10. Warehouse Arts District - Tucson

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning neighborhoods!

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