Lanesboro named top ‘small town art place’

It’s pretty common knowledge that Lanesboro, Minnesota is home to a lot of art.

It’s main street is home to both the Commonweal Theatre and a number of galleries. This despite having a population of just 800.


Downtown Lanesboro

Photo for MPR by Alex Kolyer

But today the national organization ArtPlace has declared Lanesboro one of the top 12 “small town artplaces” in the nation.

The ranking is based on the concentration of arts organizations, arts-oriented businesses and creative occupations. The other small town winners are:

Eureka Springs, AR

Crested Butte, CO

Ketchum, ID

Vineyard Haven, MA

Boothbay Harbor, ME

Highlands, NC

Taos, NM

Marfa, TX

Stowe, VT

Eastsound, WA

Saratoga, WY

Earlier this year ArtPlace recognized the top twelve “artplaces” in major cities around the country, focusing on particularly vibrant neighborhoods.