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September 30, 2020
SMU’s National Center for Arts Research lists The City Different at the top of the most arts vibrant medium-sized communities li

Known as the cultural powerhouse of the Southwest, The City of Santa Fe ranked #1 on the list of the “Top 10 Most Arts Vibrant Medium-sized Communities (population 100,000 – 1 million), in the 2020 Southern Methodist University (SMU) National Center for Arts Research (NCRA) Arts Vibrancy Index. This was the sixth annual report released by the National Center for Arts Research, which ranks cities on three dimensions of per capita arts metrics including: supply of arts providers, demand/arts dollars revenue and government support for the arts.

“Art, culture and history are the heart and soul of Santa Fe. The people of Santa Fe do more than produce art. The people of Santa Fe live art. That’s why we’re number one in the country. In Santa Fe, art is a way of life."

This report is based on 2019 data and does not reflect the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but its findings help illustrate the critical role of the arts, both socially and economically, in cities and towns around the nation. The full report can be found at https://culturaldata.org/arts-vibrancy-2020/executive-summary/

On the 2020 Index, Santa Fe remained in the #1 spot, which it has held since 2018. Santa Fe scored extremely well in the category for government support and the amount of arts revenue and total arts dollars in the community. For the complete community ranking lists and methodology, visit the NCAR website.

“The vibrant art scene that thrives in Santa Fe draws people to the city and offers a multitude of cultural experiences for visitors to enjoy while they are here,” Randy Randall, TOURISM Santa Fe Director said.  “Our legacy as an arts-rich community is one of the characteristics that sets our city apart and keeps us at the top of these national rankings.”

For more on the arts and culture found in Santa Fe, please visit www.santafe.org.

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Joanne Hudson, Public Relations Manager

TOURISM Santa Fe

Tel: 505 231 4947

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