Ketchum is officially a creative hub in the Intermountain West, according to a new designation from ArtPlace, a Chicago-based collaboration of foundations, banks and federal agencies that builds communities through the arts.
The small resort town of fewer than 3,000 is third on the list. It has a high number of art galleries, top-notch theater, literary performances and music concerts and a budding world-class film festival.
A large portion of the activity stems from the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, a museum and cultural phenomenon that delves into to topics that effect our everyday life through visual, literary and performing arts. The latter piece was added in January with the Center merged with Company of Fools theatre.
The focus of ArtPlace’s advocacy is in “creative placemaking,” a new paradigm that looks at the development of art in relationship to its geography as it leads to civic growth.
Here’s the full list of creative small towns:
1. Eureka Springs, Ariz.
2. Crested Butte, Colo.
3. Ketchum, Idaho
4. Vineyard Haven, Mass.
5. Boothbay Harbor, Maine
6. Lanesboro, Minn.
7. Highlands, North Carolina
8. Taos, New Mexico
9. Marfa, Texas
10. Stowe, Vermont
11. Eastsound, Wash.
12. Saratoga, Wyo.
These 12 communities share a high concentration of arts nonprofits, core arts-oriented businesses, and workers in creative occupations than among similar-sized towns in the United States.