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Berkeley Springs ranks No. 6 for arts destinatioins among small towns, cities

June 20, 2006

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan Arts Council marks the start of its 30th year "getting art out there" with its hometown of Berkeley Springs firmly entrenched in the top 10 art destinations in America for small cities and towns.

Berkeley Springs was recently named No. 6 on the list, which is compiled by American Style magazine from votes cast by the public.

Berkeley Springs has been ranked as high as No. 12. Sante Fe, N.M. and Asheville, N.C., were rated first and second respectively in this year's poll.

"This is the fifth year Berkeley Springs has been nationally ranked," said Jeanne Mozier, local arts promoter. "No other West Virginia town made the list," she said pointing out that Berkeley Springs is also the state's first and only certified arts community.

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The upsurge in cultural tourism continues with travelers rating arts, heritage and cultural activities as one of the top five reasons for traveling, according to a news release from the Morgan Arts Council.

"Travel Berkeley Springs has always recognized the importance of our area's reputation as an arts community," said Sally Marshall, president of the local travel group. "We are ardent supporters of all the good work MAC does in bringing people to Berkeley Springs," she said citing activities including the annual summer series of concerts in Berkeley Springs State Park and regular gallery shows opened with Artwalks.

The Morgan Arts Council has received public support for its efforts according to Mozier. "MAC has been funded by both Morgan County and the town of Bath from hotel/motel tax revenues," Mozier said in the release.

For more information on Morgan County arts activities check www.macicehouse.org or call 304-258-2300.

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