The Springs an ‘art destination’

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The June issue of American Style magazine ranked Colorado Springs 17th among the top 25 mid-sized U.S. cities that are art destinations.

The rankings are based on a readers’ poll, and Colorado Springs beat out destinations such as Providence (18th), Honolulu, (20th), and Tampa (25). Other Colorado cities in the rankings included Denver (13th among big cities), Boulder, and Aspen (8th and 16th among small cities).

Susan Edmondson, the executive director of the arts-oriented Bee Vradenburg Foundation, said that she was pleased with the city’s ranking-with one caveat.

“That means we have 16 places to go,” she said. “We’re always striving to increase the quality and diversity of the arts experience here-and art is an ever-evolving medium, so we have to stay on top of it.”

The complete lists:

MID-SIZE CITIES
1. Buffalo, N.Y.
2. Chattanooga, Tenn.
3. Pittsburgh, Pa.
4. Scottsdale, Ariz.
5. New Orleans, La.
6. Charleston, S.C.
7. Savannah, Ga.
8. Cleveland, Ohio
9. Ann Arbor, Mich.
10. Minneapolis, Minn.
11. Alexandria, Va.
12. Miami, Fla.
13. Tacoma, Wash.
14. St. Louis, Mo.
15. Athens, Ga.
16. Kansas City, Mo.
17. Colorado Springs, Colo.
18. Providence, R.I.
19. Salt Lake City, Utah
20. Honolulu, Hawaii
21. Rochester, N.Y.
22. St. Petersburg, Fla.
23. Cincinnati, Ohio
24. Raleigh, N.C.
25. Tampa, Fla.

BIG CITIES
1. New York, N.Y.
2. Chicago, Ill.
3. Washington, D.C.
4. San Francisco, Calif.
5. Albuquerque, N.M.
6. Boston, Mass.
7. Seattle, Wash.
8. Atlanta, Ga.
9. Philadelphia, Pa.
10. Los Angeles, Calif.
11. Portland, Ore.
12. Baltimore, Md.
13. Denver, Colo.
14. Phoenix, Ariz.
15. Austin, Texas
16. Charlotte, N.C.
17. Columbus, Ohio
18. Nashville, Tenn.
19. San Diego, Calif.
20. Tucson, Ariz.
21. San Antonio, Texas
22. Las Vegas, Nev.
23. Milwaukee, Wis.
24. Dallas, Texas
25. Houston, Texas

SMALL CITIES
1. Santa Fe, N.M.
2. Asheville, N.C.
3. Sedona, Ariz.
4. Taos, N.M.
5. Saugatuck, Mich.
6. Key West, Fla.
7. Berkeley Springs, W.V.
8. Boulder, Colo.
9. Carmel, Calif.
10. Corning, N.Y.
11. Sarasota, Fla.
12. Beaufort, S.C.
13. Chapel Hill, N.C.
14. Burlington, Vt.
15. Annapolis, Md.
16. Aspen, Colo.
17. Laguna Beach, Calif.
18. Northampton, Mass.
19. Eureka Springs, Ark.
20. Brattleboro, Vt.
21. New Hope, Pa.
22. Naples, Fla.
23. Cumberland, Md.
24. Berea, Ky.
25. Portsmouth, N.H.