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Traverse City Ranked #10 Arts Vibrant Community

by Colleen Paveglio
Monday, October 5, 2020

October 2, 2020 - Traverse City has been ranked #10 as an Arts Vibrant Medium Community in the Arts Vibrancy Index Report from SMU DataArts, National Center for Arts Research. Traverse City was previously honored in 2016 and 2018. The National Center for Arts Research has a mission to empower arts and cultural leaders with high quality data and evidence-based resources and insights that help them overcome challenges and increase impact.

As a smaller city in the medium-size category, Traverse City was recognized as a well-developed art scene due to Interlochen Center for the Arts and cultural institutions within the City such as the City Opera House, Crooked Tree Arts Center, and The Dennos Museum. Most notably, the City of Traverse City’s dedication to arts with the creation was of the Traverse City Arts Commission in 2015 was recognized.

“What art does best is to hold up a mirror to the full spectrum of our shared messy and beautiful humanity, to shine a light on our greatest shortcomings alongside our most awe-inspiring achievements. I'm very proud of the role we play on the Traverse City Arts Commission to help bring the work of incredible artists around the world to shine this light in our region,” says Ashlea Walter, City Commission Liaison.

Also highlighted and a considerable factor for this year’s honor, was the Clinch Park Tunnel’s Mazinaadin Exhibition, a project from the Traverse City Arts Commission in 2019. “The collaboration with the Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, to realize a contemporary artwork celebrating the Anishinaabek people and their connection to the land, was a major highlight of the Traverse City’s Art Commission's work this year. It exemplifies our ongoing efforts to create spaces that reflect the values of our community,” says Charlotte Smith, Traverse City Arts Commission Chairperson.

To read the full report, visit You can find more information on arts programs from the Traverse City Arts Commission at