Step aside, stuffy art museums — street art has taken over the nation as the most important contemporary art movement of our time. What began as a subversive form of art about 40 years ago is now, in many urban areas, city sanctioned. Earlier this year, Chicago even launched a mural registry dedicated to protecting the city’s prolific public paintings.
Thanks to the popularity of the mural movement, once-derelict streets in Brooklyn and Los Angeles have turned into free open-air galleries, and places like Wynwood in Miami and Eastern Market in Detroit have garnered critical acclaim for their artsy alleyways. But these aren’t the only places promoting street art in America. Here are 11 spots in the United States that recently started turning their grey walls into blank canvases. These under-represented street art scenes are quickly transforming America’s lesser-known urban areas into tourist destinations and cultural centers worthy of global praise.