Last month the prestigious art advocacy consortium, ArtPlace, confirmed something we’ve long suspected — our neighborhood, Adams Morgan, ranks among the top vibrant and artistic communities.
ArtPlace consists of the involvement of 13 major foundations, several of the nation’s largest banks and many federal agencies, all interested in focusing investment in art and culture within “a portfolio of integrated strategies that can drive vibrancy and diversity so powerful it can transform communities.”
The organization recently launched America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces 2013, as an effort to recognize neighborhoods that successfully combine art, independent business and a walkable lifestyle while sustaining an overall vibrant atmosphere. Why? ArtPlace contends that this particular combination is an important catalyst for invigorating communities and supporting positive change.
ArtPlace’s list of twelve was selected based on six indicators developed by the consulting firm Impresa Inc., these included: percentage of independent businesses, number of employees in creative occupations and the neighborhood’s ‘walk score.’ This year’s list consists of:
- Brooklyn, NY The intersection of Downtown, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Park Slope and Prospect Heights
- Dallas, TX The Dallas Arts District, with parts of Deep Ellum and Exposition Park
- Los Angeles, CA Central Hollywood
- Miami Beach, FL South Beach
- Milwaukee, WI The Third Ward
- New York, NY Manhattan Valley
- Oakland, CA Downtown, including Chinatown, Old Oakland and Jack London Square
- Philadelphia, PA Old City
- Portland, OR The Pearl District and a portion of Downtown
- San Francisco, CA The Mission District
- Seattle, WA The Pike-Pine Corridor
- Washington, DC The intersection of Adams Morgan, U Street, and Dupont Circle
The full report can be found here.
We’re not only proud that our piece of DC was recognized but also encouraged that ArtPlace initiated such an enlightening and inspiring review. Their report details important features of successful communities that the rest of the nation could benefit greatly from emulating.
“The impact the arts have had on the social and economic vibrancy and economy of these communities is unmistakable,” noted Carol Coletta of ArtPlace. “This study shows how the arts can provide a foundation for a diversity of neighborhoods to thrive.”