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Knoxville's Arts District Receives National Recognition

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The word is out! Knoxville is the No. 4 “Best Arts District” nationwide, according to USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2023 poll.


The poll included 20 nominees, which were selected by an expert panel based on how they “culturally enrich their cities and those who visit.” The top 10 winners were announced by USA Today on Friday, June 23.


This is the first year Knoxville has made the Best Arts District list. It is joined by diverse areas in size and offerings. The top 10 include:


1️⃣ Northeast Minneapolis Arts District


2️⃣ University Circle (Cleveland)


3️⃣ Dallas Arts District


4️⃣ Knoxville's Art District


5️⃣ Arts District Houston


6️⃣ The Pop District (Pittsburgh)


7️⃣ Historic Third Ward (Milwaukee)


8️⃣ Wabash Arts Corridor (Chicago)


9️⃣ Station North Arts District (Baltimore)


🔟 Art District on Santa Fe (Denver)


With galleries, museums, cultural events, and public art scattered throughout, we're proud to defy our "Scruffy City" nickname.