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Old 10-08-2007, 02:41 PM
 
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Cool Searching for most artistic AND cheapest city for young artist...

Hi there,

I'm a young painter, just graduated from college, who wants to move to a city with a vibrant art scene that is also very very very affordable to live in.

My plan is to get a part-time job of some sort--hopefully arts related-- and spend the rest of my time working on my paintings.

I've had some luck selling my artwork in the past, but I can't rely on it as a scource of income until I build up a very large portfolio. So... thus, the necessity of affordable living along with an artistic environment...

Thanks!
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Old 10-08-2007, 08:29 PM
 
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Artist Towns - Nationally and in your Neck of the Woods!

Film Fatale - There's a ton of info on this thread. Good luck!
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:20 AM
 
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Kansas City MO! there is not better place for a poor young artist: cheap living costs and extremely supportive arts community.
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area, FL
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I am looking for the same type of thing myself. There is nothing here for me where I currently live and I am looking to relocate. Does anyone else have any other suggestions? Kansas City, MO is a good one, but what are the other options?
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:12 PM
 
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This may help: Artist Towns - Nationally and in your Neck of the Woods!

You might be interested in places like this: LowerTown Arts District, Paducah, KY

Syracuse Art, Life & Tech SALT District Near Westside Initiative

Allentown Association

ARTWalk Rochester See. Feel. Hear. Art.
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Old 10-31-2011, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area, FL
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Thanks! I will check these out! Not sure what happened with the OP... Hopefully she is looking into these too...
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Ohio; originally Oakland, CA
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Well, most cities & towns which are artistic destinations are also fairly expensive with rent & such, due to the fact they are more desirable places to live. This is true from Berkeley to Cambridge to Yellow Springs.
Your best bet is probably to be an "urban pioneer" in a more industrial area of a city which hasn't undergone gentrification yet (i.e. the next Williamsburg or SOMA), where you can find warehouse space for cheap.
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area, FL
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Yeah I find it so ironic that artist live-work spaces are so expensive... Lol. I guess that's where the whole "starving artist" thing comes into play... Lol.
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:25 PM
 
Location: West Cedar Park, Philadelphia
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Philadelphia. Don't bother with small town art scenes. Go where the action is. You're a stones throw from NYC and the rent is cheaper. Oh, and we just passed legislation exempting small businesses from city taxes on the first 100k in profits. A nice thing if you want to turn your artistic talent towards a small business kind of thing.
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:55 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I'd look for cities that have the right balance of educated populace and a higher % of disposable income if one is to be successful in successful in making a living in the art world.
Many cities have areas that entice artists because they are so "forgotten" that space can be had for near nothing. I hear that there is a thriving underground scene in Detroit these days but can't confirm. it.
Miami's Wynwood District started out that way several years ago. It's amazing how it's exploded since then.
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