The results are in and USA Today 10Best editors and readers have once again named Manitou Springs as one of the Best Small Town Arts Scenes in America.

“It’s fortuitous timing given our sesquicentennial,” said Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce executive director Leslie Lewis. “Here we are, celebrating 150 years of City Life and the arts have been vital to the ways this community developed.”

USA Today 10Best 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.

“The original nomination came from an expert panel, but I don’t think you have to be an expert to enjoy everything that our creative community has to offer,” said Creative Alliance executive director Becca Sickbert. “This is a town that incorporates art into everyday life, whether we’re solving big problems or celebrating key moments together.”

The final rankings were determined by a popular vote, which placed Manitou Springs as the 5th Best Small Town Arts Scene, up from 9th place last year.

“It is an honor to be recognized alongside these other creative communities. The City of Manitou Springs flourishes because we continue to prioritize the arts in all that we do. We work hard to make creativity inclusive and accessible to everyone. Art transcends barriers and is a catalyst for unity. Join us in building a better world.,” said Manitou Springs city councilor and Manitou Art Center executive director Natalie Johnson.

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