The arts can play a remarkable role in the vibrancy of a community and in the strength of the economy. It’s no surprise, then, that Amazon thinks the same thing.
In their search for a new headquarters that spanned 238 cities, all of the finalists have strong cultural sectors. As noted in Sebastian Smee’s Washington Post article, many future employees will be relocating their families to the chosen city. What better way to entice them than a strong arts and culture scene? Each of the 24 finalists boasts art museums, sculpture centers, or close proximity to metropolitan centers that are abundant in cultural institutions.
Smee breaks it down:
- Toronto: The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum
- Dallas: The Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center; Fort Worth: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, and the Kimball Art Center
- Austin: Blanton Museum of Art
- Nashville: Parthenon and the Frist Center for Visual Arts
- Northern Virginia: all of the museums and institutions in DC
- Montgomery County: likewise, DC
- Newark: Newark Museum, Liberty Science Center, the offerings of NYC
- Columbus: The Wexner Center for the Arts and the Columbus Museum of Art
- Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Musem
- Indianapolis: Newfields (Indianapolis Museum of Art)
- Atlanta: the High Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art
- Denver: Denver Art Musem, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
- Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of Art and Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art
- Miami: Art Basel and the Perez Art Museum Miami
- Chicago: The Art Institute and MCA Chicago
- Boston: Museum of Fine Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and ICA Boston
- Los Angeles: The Getty, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art and ICA Philadelphia
Amazon’s search is proof enough that the cities in which companies want to invest are also cities with thriving arts scenes. Imagine the possibilities if more businesses partnered with the arts.