Synopses & Reviews
From Shakespeare in the Park to weekend art gallery strolls, and from summer arts festivals to concert halls showcasing orchestras and operas, there"s been an unprecedented explosion of arts activities in communities far removed from North America"s urban centers. At the same time, more of us are making art and culture the focal points of our travel. Cultural tourism, which combines the impacts of these trends, has emerged as one of the most powerful influences in travel planning.
The 100 Best Art Towns in Americais the nation"s top cultural tourism guidebook. Communities ranging in size from several hundred residents to cities with populations nudging 100,000 are profiled from the perspective of their arts and cultural offerings. These towns and others like them are experiencing revitalization through arts-driven economic development'"and garnering accolades in the process.
Whether you're looking for a great place to buy a painting on a weekend road trip or an inspiring and beautiful community in which to start a new life, puts you on the right track. New Mexico author John Villani details all you need to know--from a town's lifestyle to interesting places to dine and must-do art festivals--written from the perspective of the nation's top arts travel writer. The communities profiled in this fourth edition of range in size from under 1,000 to nearly 100,000 in population, but all have one thing in common: a strong sense of support for the visual arts, performing arts, and music. These communities are at the vanguard of an important national trend that's leading to the revitalization of smaller communities through arts-driven economic development. Essentials include:
Discover creative communities, fresh air, and ideal getaways.
The fifth edition of this bestselling guide offers coverage of emerging art towns and the most vibrant and eclectic communities in the nation.
Sonoma, Flagstaff, Taos, Santa Barbara, Saratoga Springs, Las Vegas, Portsmouth, Portland, Idyllwild, and more'"100 towns with one thing in common: strong community support for the visual arts, performing arts, and music.
About the Author
John Villani has reported on contemporary arts and creative communities for two decades. The author of Art Towns California and The 100 Best Art Towns in America, Villani lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.