Manitou Springs, CO – The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Manitou Springs Creative District, and City of Manitou Springs are thrilled to announce that the Manitou Springs Creative District ranks in the Top 10 Best Small Town Arts Scenes in America.

USA Today 10 Best editors and travel experts nominated Manitou Springs and nine other small towns based on an evaluation of their museums, art galleries, performing arts and busy event calendars.

Our local artists, galleries, and boutiques are what make Manitou Springs the energetic, amazing place that it is. We thrive on the vitality they bring to our community, and we look forward to their involvement with Manitou Springs in the future,” said Manitou Springs Mayor, John Graham.

The final rankings were determined by a popular vote, which placed Manitou Springs as the 9th Best Small Town Arts Scene in America just after Taos, New Mexico and West Rutland, Vermont.

“We’re honored to see our community recognized for the quality of arts experiences we offer to residents and visitors alike,” said Manitou Springs Creative District executive director Becca Sickbert. “The Creative District exists because of their dedication to developing an outstanding place to live and create in 2021 and beyond.”

Manitou Springs has thrived as an artists’ community since the city was founded in the mid-1800s. Painters, potters, and makers have been attracted to this unique part of the country for the creative inspiration offered by the natural beauty and rich cultural traditions of the Pikes Peak Region.

“The arts are ingrained in the heritage of Manitou Springs, and artists continue to flock to the region for creative inspiration. We’re ecstatic to be recognized for the galleries, performing artists, and boutiques that still thrive here today,” said Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce executive director, Leslie Lewis. “The arts have and always will be a vital part of our local community, and we are extremely grateful that these artists call Manitou Springs home.”

For more information on the contest and a full list of the Top 10 Winners, visit USA Today 10Best.