AmericanStyle magazine readers ranked Asheville as the #2 city in the Top 25 Arts Destinations for Small Cities.
Wendy Rosen, publisher of the magazine, remarked on the impact local artists have on their community. “Remember the vital roles played by artists during the last recession. They moved in to dying Main Streets, shuttered factories and warehouse districts, and converted them into galleries and art scenes. Their murals, outdoor sculpture and other public art enchanted tourists and helped spark new investment. Artists led the way then, and they are leading the way now: Just look at what young artists have done to bring tourism to Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, and how artists have made Asheville, N.C., a must-visit destination off the beaten path.”