One of Louisiana’s most distinctive areas and neighbor to the internationally infamous New Orleans, Baton Rouge is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States. Think traditional Deep South mixed with unmistakable French and Spanish influence, stunning architecture, quirk and sass abound; Baton Rouge is never lacking for visual inspiration, making it a great place for artists to hole up and work, work, work. Though the city isn’t home to a great number of art programs, it does offer an array of art-based opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. Take a look at Louisiana State University’s art programs; the flexible choice of disciplines is enough to get any artist’s blood flowing. And even better, Baton Rouge hosts a tight-knit artist network spanning over 30-plus art groups, some major (and usually sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Council of Greater Baton Rouge) and some smaller, independent. This sort of big-city urbanity meets small-town closeness is what makes Baton Rouge a stunning place for artists; it’s a community built on history and culture, ideas and inspiration and, perhaps most importantly, an intense desire to keep all things unique. Welcome to the South’s most enchanting of cities; you won’t be disappointed.