Across the United States, from the hipster havens in Miami and Brooklyn to the funky side of Santa Barbara, entire communities within cities devote themselves to the arts. Here are the best arts neighborhoods in the US.
Jamaica Plain has transformed over the past ten years from a downtrodden Boston neighborhood into a hip arts community. Places like the Aviary Gallery and the Hallway Gallery rotate modern exhibits, and host intimate concerts and other community events. VIsitors should keep an eye out for the neighborhood’s monthly open studio walks to experience the city’s best galleries.
Hallway Gallery. 66 South St., 617- 818-5996
Aviary Gallery. 48 South St., 617 477-4728
Away from the increased crowds (and rent prices) of Williamsburg, Red Hook is a standout Brooklyn neighborhood with delicious food trucks, outdoor movies in the summer and a buzzy arts community. Take a free ferry from the Duane Street Hotel in Manhattan, or a cab from Nu Hotel in Brooklyn, and check out acclaimed artist Dustin Yellin’s massive Red Hook studio, Pioneer Works. Another must see is Red Hook Labs, with its new media installations and stellar photography.
With its magnificent street art collection, and dozens of galleries, Wynwood, Miami is one of the most respected arts hubs in the world. Take a stroll through the famous Wynwood Walls rotating exhibits to find works by established painters like Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, Miss Van and Peter Tunney. During December’s annual Art Basel Miami Beach, the neighborhood becomes an exclave for the artsy crowds staying on the beach.
Wynwood Walls: 2520 NW 2nd Ave., 305-531-4411
This historic neighborhood stays contemporary by being home to some of the city’s best art galleries. Check out the Bluestone Fine Art Gallery for exceptional works by the likes of Michael Azgour and Sarah Armstrong. Also check out First Fridays, a decades-old Philly tradition where all of the neighborhood’s galleries offer free admission.
Bluestone Fine Art Gallery. 72 N 2nd St., 856-979-7588
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone is by far the best-named arts district in the country. Check out spots like Gone Gallery, filled with graffiti and sculptures. Conveniently located near a booming wine region, the neighborhood also has multiple tasting rooms.. Head to the eccentric, space-themed Area 5.1 on your next stay to try local varietals.