Baltimore on Forbes List of America’s Coolest Cities!!!

Executive Director Letter

August 7th, 2012

Forget about the new black–14 is the new number ONE! If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the Forbes list of America’s Coolest Cities. While numbers one and two were Houston and Washington, D.C. respectively, Baltimore outstripped Philadelphia (15), Austin (19), and Minneapolis (18) in Forbes’ look at the 65 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan Divisions.

In a nod to how these elements contribute to the vitality of a place, arts and culture was one of only seven data points used to determine ratings. (Baltimore scored 96 out of a possible 100 in this index.) Other data sets included population age, migration trends, employment, recreation opportunities AND diversity which was also considered an indicator of a higher quality of life.

Baltimore was called out as one of the “up-and-coming metro areas…whose low costs of living…have been attracting artists and young adults…”

Last night, The Windup Space played host to our latest GBCA Happy Hour. A special thanks is due to Russell DeOcampo (who also serves on the GBCA Programming Committee). It was a great evening of networking and perusing the Station North Salon.

Join us for our next Happy Hour at Ladew Topiary Gardens on September 10 from 5-7:00pm. And, mark your calendar to attend the 2012 Mayor’s Cultural Town Hall Meeting on October 17, co-presented by GBCA and Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. It’s important for all of us who care about our amazing cultural community (we’re number 14, we’re number 14!) to come out for this conversation with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake. Watch this space for upcoming details about the time and location.




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