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The 25 Best Art Neighborhoods in the World

College Hill/Dowtown

Location: Providence, RI

Notable Galleries: AS220, New Urban Arts

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Providence has long been known as an artsy community, a waterfront city that houses both the illustrious Rhode Island School of Art and Design and the ivy-slathered slats of Brown University. The combination of the two and their proximity has led to an incubation of artistic activities and galleries in the area known as College Hill. Between the storied weirdos that come out of RISD itself and institutions like AS220-a community-minded nonprofit arts organization that throws parties and arts events just across the river-there's nothing lacking for a spark in Providence.

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