Mag: Raleigh, Chapel Hill rate as arts destinations

Posted August 14, 2008 11:47 a.m. EDT
Updated August 14, 2008 5:28 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh is ranked 24th among mid-sized cities, and Chapel Hill is ranked ninth among small towns as arts destinations in the U.S., according to AmericanStyle magazine.

The magazine’s annual readers’ poll asked people to vote for the cities they visit to view, enjoy and shop for art. Through the poll, readers share their discoveries of new and upcoming galleries and museums, arts tours and public installations.

“In each winning city, there are artists, elected officials, arts councils and art lovers who have made a commitment to developing that city’s galleries, museums and studios,” AmericanStyle publisher Wendy Rosen said in a statement. “These cities recognize that cultivating the arts is good for their economy, but that is just the beginning. Look at some of our small-town winners. No matter its size, no matter how remote it is, a town can have an arts identity that generates good will, local pride and contributes to economic development.”

Other North Carolina cities ranked in the poll were Charlotte, which came in 17th in the large-city category, and Asheville, which was listed second in the small-city category.