First, you will need to draft a quick calendar for the items of your vacation to-do list that are not art related. When you see how much time you have available, you will better be able to target your art experiences.
Don’t discount the value of a quick Google search to alert you to the most popular art-related experiences in a given city. You may be directed to festival sites, gallery sites, or any variety of private art sites.
Contacting a local chamber of commerce is a great way to identify upcoming art-centric events taking place in a given area. Well-run chambers will have staff that are knowledgeable about art-focused businesses, nonprofits, festivals, and even small community markets where independent artists may gather on the weekends.
Whether you rely on your physical or social media network, you can almost surely identify someone familiar with the art scene in a given area. By making a personal contact, you will have the inside scoop on art experiences that are available.
If digital media is truly your passion, you may be destined for a trip to West coast; if it is animation, you may want to trace the roots back to Orlando, Florida. You may decide that you want a rich and varied art experience. This will turn your trip search to big cities with diverse and thriving art cultures such as New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Several websites specialize in identifying art and craft festivals around the country. Sites such as Everfest and ArtFestival give you the opportunity to research festivals, share festivals you are interested in on Facebook, and even set reminders so you don’t miss important dates like ticket sales. Everfest even includes a link to AirBnB and has a hotel search function within the festival information page so that you can estimate your travel costs from one location. There are also festival reviews and photo galleries so you can peruse festivals past to make sure the ones you are considering have the vibe that you wish to enjoy on your vacation.
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