St. Louis Named the 'Fourth Most Creative City In America'

By Laura Schilli
In Culture

Our February Innovations Issue gave locals a little insight about St. Louis’ potential, but now the city’s creativity is turning heads nationally: Real estate super-site Movoto has named STL the fourth most creative city in America. With an abundance of music instructors and proliferation of art supply stores (the third most in the nation, actually), Movoto cited STL as a community that embraces the profusion of knowledge in the arts.

Jazz St. Louis' opening gala. Photo by Victoria Lafferty.

Jazz St. Louis’ opening gala. Photo by Victoria Lafferty.

After all, St. Louis has proved itself to be more than just an average group of artists and performers. Last October, the Center of Creative Arts received major recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts when the group invited COCA Executive Director Kelly Pollock to speak about COCA’s innovative programs and how the center could serve as a national model for community arts organizations. There’s also the soon-to-be-reopened Pulitzer Arts’ history of innovative events programming and designing exhibits for audiences to experience art in a rich, multi-sensory manner. Nearby, in Grand Center, is Jazz STL’s community-focused outlook in a new space featuring both a main stage and practice rooms for local musicians and educators.

And over in the Central West End, the World Chess Hall of Fame‘s unexpected collaborations of chess and other arts, including hip-hop and couture, provide unprecedented historical and cultural content for guests to view. One of their most highly influential exhibitions, currently showcased until April 26, is “Living Like Kings,” a monumental experience exploring hip-hop and its relation to chess.

Of course, we could write more about our top-tier Saint Louis Art Museum and Contemporary Art Museum, the Grammy-award winning St. Louis Symphony (which frequently covers Hollywood soundtracks and classic rock bands), thriving independent bookstores, and our multitude of theater companies big and small, but what with organizing our overflowing cultural calendar for the weekend, there’s simply not the time.

Here’s to you, St. Louis!

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