We go off the beaten path to visit North American cities with vibrant art scenes.
August 29, 2012 This summer, NPR went off the beaten path to visit small to mid-sized North American cities that have cultivated lively arts scenes. We sent our reporters to lesser-known arts destinations with populations under 50,000 and asked you — our audience — to tell us about your favorites.
August 20, 2012 In a valley at the foot of the Berkshire Mountains, a struggling industrial town is making an artistic comeback. North Adams is now home to MASS MoCA, one of the largest museums of contemporary art in the world — housed in 26 former factory buildings.
August 7, 2012 When it opened in 1953, nobody expected much of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. But what began 60 years ago as two plays in a tent is now a major theater festival. It attracts half a million ticket-buyers a year to the small Ontario town — which also boasts homegrown heartthrob Justin Bieber.
August 4, 2012 Thanks to one trailblazing industrialist, more than 60 of Columbus' buildings — including schools, churches and even a jail — were designed by a veritable who's who of modern masters. As one local tour guide puts it, "We don't build anything that isn't attractive."