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Sarasota Named #1 Small City for Art

Posted by John Allen on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 8:23am.

Ringling Art MuseumIt just keeps getting better for Sarasota, Florida. American Style Magazine just ranked our city as the No. 1 Small City for Art. Noting the “impact” John Ringling of the Ringling Brother and Barnum & Bailey Circus had on Sarasota’s history, the article mentions John and Mable Ringling’s’ former estate which is now comprised of the Ringling Museum of Art, two circus museums and a theater.

Of course, St Armands Circle is noted in the article too. Pointing out that even summer on the Circle is filled with “evenings of visual and performing arts.” The Ringling Museum offers “Art After 5” after its regular hours every Thursday until the end of August, and downtown Sarasota’s first Friday is popular with residents and vacationers who enjoy visiting the many galleries on Palm Avenue and Main Street.

Bradenton took the number 2 spot on the American Style list of 25 cities and beautiful Asheville, North Carolina was number 3.

Sarasota residents aren’t surprised. Our cultural amenities as well as the arts keep our city vibrant.

The 2012 American Style Top 10 Best Small Cities for Art:

  1. Sarasota, FL
  2. Bradenton FL
  3. Asheville, NC
  4. Key West, FL
  5. Santa Fe, NM
  6. Gloucester, MA
  7. Sedona, AZ
  8. Eureka Springs, AK
  9. Naples, Florida
  10. Berkeley Springs, WV

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