Last month, Carrboro was named one of the top-five small towns for the arts in the U.S. by 24/7 Tempo, a member of the financial news and opinion company 24/7 Wall St.
Carrboro ranked fifth in 24/7 Tempo's lineup of 25 towns. The list mentioned the town's ArtsCenter and its Attic 506 spaces, which are funded in part by the Orange County Arts Commission.
Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils said the town is appealing for the arts community.
"Carrboro is a home to people who are in the arts, whether that’s artists themselves or people who are operating the venues for these artists and doing all the technical work behind artistic performances," he said.
In determining its ranking, 24/7 Tempo analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 County Business Patterns. The towns were ranked specifically on employment and arts establishments, and in particular, how many arts establishments the county or county equivalents had per 1,000 establishments.
In Carrboro, there were 3.4 arts institutions per 1,000 establishments and 3.4 arts employees for every 1,000 employees. Only places with fewer than 100,000 residents according to census data were considered as small towns for the report.
Graphic designers Duncan and Meg Morgan, who live in Carrboro, said the town was the perfect place for establishing their business, The Bazaar.
The business is a craft and art market held on certain weekends in the Carrboro Town Commons. For years, the Bazaar has offered a place for artists to showcase their work to the community.
“It’s a craft market, but it’s also just a celebration of people being together, which I think has been sorely missing for the past couple of years,” Meg Morgan said.