NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Art has a way of touching our lives. It can inspire creativity, jealousy, pride, and passion, among a wide range of emotions. Art comes in many forms, whether it is looking at a painting on the wall of a museum, reading a work of great literature, listening to the notes and sounds of music that can move you to tears, or watching the carefully choreographed movements of dancers on a stage as they try to tell you a story.
For many looking to pursue a career in the arts, they must first find the right place of instruction. While some are born with great talents, others need the structure and guidance of a mentor to carefully strengthen their craft. For some people that means finding the right college or university to help refine their skills. For someone beginning that arduous task of finding the right college, location can be one of the most important deciding factors.
The list below outlines the 10 most "artsy" states in America. The data comes from Bloomberg.com. Bloomberg ranked the U.S. states and District of Columbia based on the percentage of the population of people from the age of 25 and older with degrees in visual and performing arts. Bloomberg gathered the data from the U.S. Census 2011 ACS 3-year estimates.
Percentage of population with visual and performing arts degrees: 4.43%
Some of the colleges in "the Nutmeg State" that offer degrees in visual and performing arts include Yale University, Western Connecticut State University, the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and Quinnipiac University.
Percentage of population with visual and performing arts degrees: 4.46%
Schools that offer a major in these fields of study include the Port Townsend and Seattle campuses of Goddard College, Cornish College of the Arts, and Washington State University, where fields of study include photography, sculpture, and painting.