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5/30/2015 Something in the water: Art, creativity flow in Paducah - The Tennessean

PADUCAH, KY. – Within the borders of this small city on the Ohio River — population of about 25,000 — art has a large presence. more

5/25/2015 Paducah, Where? - USA Today Go Escape Guide

Definitely a "who knew?" story, this small river town should be on your radar as a place to celebrate the arts more

4/27/2015 The Arts Mean Business - National League of Cities Official Blog

This is a guest post by Jay H. Dick, Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Americans for the Arts. more

4/16/2015 The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Kentucky - The Culture Trip

Scenic, full of Southern charm and rich in history, Kentucky – or the ‘Bluegrass State’ – is home to some of the most beautiful small towns in the country. From the ‘Bourbon Capital of the World’ Bardstown, to arty communities like Paducah and Berea, we round-up 10 of the state’s most charming towns. more

4/6/2015 Paducah's Creative Energy Comes from Downtown - KET Kentucky Life

We visit downtown Paducah, one of Kentucky’s most creative communities. We also sample Today’s Special from Peak Bros. Bar-B-Que in Union Co.; visit Owensboro artist Aaron Kizer; learn about the Father of Ragtime;and see the exhibits at the Historic Railpark and Train Museum in Bowling Green. more

3/28/2015 Experience Paducah's art, beer and - of course - quilts - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Looking for an extended arts getaway? Head to Paducah, Ky., just an hour and a half from Cape Girardeau, Mo. (From St. Louis, it’s about a three-hour drive.) Here are a few of our recommendations: more

3/23/2015 Quilting in Kentucky - The Perceptive Travel Blog

Kentucky. The Bluegrass State is famous for derbies, bourbon, bluegrass and… quilt-making? Yes, the bite-sized city of Paducah in Kentucky is a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art, and only two other US cities are on that UNESCO list: Santa Fe and Iowa City. more

3/19/2015 Kentucky: Beyond the Bourbon - HuffPost Lifestyle United Kingdom

Say 'Kentucky' in a word-association test and the response would probably be 'bourbon', with 'derby' in second place. But Kentucky has an impressive and eclectic range of visitor attractions, way beyond sports and spirits. They include historic sites, craft-making experiences, fascinating factory tours and a great deal of bluegrass music in the Bluegrass State. The music, by the way, is named a... more

3/16/2015 National Quilt Museum open new exhibits featuring modern, antique nine patch quilts - Quilt Addicts Anonymous

The nine patch is one of the first blocks many quilters learn to make. But the quilts featured in The National Quilt Museum’s latest exhibit, New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Nine Patch, are anything but basic. more

3/2/2015 Creative City - Kentucky Living Magazine

Revitalized Paducah draws visitors by celebrating art and artists more

2/27/2015 National Quilt Museum curator gets her wish with new exhibit - Quilt Addicts Anonymous

Ever since Judy Schwender joined the National Quilt Museum as its curator, she has wanted to group the critter quilts together. She is finally getting her with with “Into the Wild: Quilted Creatures,” which opened yesterday. more

2/25/2015 Angels' Share in Kentucky - The Group Travel Leader

A few days in the Bluegrass were just this side of heaven more

2/6/2015 Valentine's and President's Day Travel Packages -

This Valentine’s and President’s Day Offerings include: more

2/5/2015 The Cultural District: The Key to a City’s Heart - Americans for the Arts Blog

Cultural districts are the heartbeat of a city. They are the distinctive part that makes your city unique and reveals the character and spirit of your town. They are vital to the sustainability and creativeness of a city, but so often these districts are forgotten and underutilized as a tool for economic growth and viable livability. more

2/1/2015 New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Carolina Lily - Popular Patchwork

Gillian Cooper is entranced by an exhibition of contemporary interpretations of an old quilt block. more

1/23/2015 River Discovery Center - Know More Educational TV Series

The River Discovery Center is a private, non-profit, educational institution whose primary mission is to stimulate an interest in and teach the public about the importance of America’s rivers to the development of the nation, and in particular upon the Four Rivers Region. more

1/15/2015 Author launching book on quilting in Paducah - Bowling Green Daily News

The Associated Press January 15, 2015 PADUCAH, Ky. — A quilt artist will be launching her latest book in the western Kentucky city of Paducah, known for its National Quilt Museum and the American Quilter's Society show held there annually. more

1/8/2015 The Art of Contemporary Quilting - Nashville Arts Magazine

National Quilt Museum through February 23 more

12/19/2014 Top 10 Leaders of the Next Generation in Group Travel - Groups Today

Thanks to reader nominations. Groups Today is proud to present the top ten people of then ext generation who make a difference in the industry with their creative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit. more

12/5/2014 Paducah bolsters its creative tourism offerings - Group Tour Magazine

Last year, Paducah was named the world's seventh City of Crafts & Folk Art in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. more

12/1/2014 Warm And Cozy: The National Quilt Museum - Family Motor Coaching

Fiber art experts have made Paducah, Kentucky, a colorful, welcoming place. By Kathryn Lemmon more

10/25/2014 Paducah stitches together a new identity - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dynamic. Vital. Thriving. more

10/3/2014 A last blast of color before winter white-outs - Los Angeles Times

Leaves the color of sunsets. Wisps of wood smoke. The crackle of bits of summer's past beneath your feet. When fall puts on its finery, those of us who claim allegiance to one state or another rush to proclaim ours king of the road trip. more

9/27/2014 Paducah's BBQ on the River - The Weather Channel

It's a big day for barbecue lovers in Kentucky. more

9/15/2014 What Makes a City Smart? - Realtor Mag

Everyone wants to live in a smart place. But the magic mix that draws people in is composed of a lot of different dynamics coming together all at once, according to the National Geographic Channel’s Smart Cities program. more

8/27/2014 Charming small towns of the South - USA Today

The South is full of charm, steeped in tradition and teeming with history, not to mention the savory southern fare with a side of hospitality. Experience the true small town South in these quaint locales by clicking through the photo gallery above. more

8/27/2014 The 2014 Traveler 50: World's Smartest Cities - National Geographic Traveler

We all know our world is increasingly urbanized, but what makes a city smart? A sense of place, for starters, says Ian MacFarlane, consultant for National Geographic Channel’s Smart Cities program. “A city needs a heart and soul—typically the center, where people congregate for work and leisure. Smart cities are well-connected locally and internationally, have a sustainable lifestyle, and are p... more

7/3/2014 From Moscow to Kentucky - Roads and Kingdoms

The idea to do a project in small-town America came to me and Arthur after reading an article about the Paducah Arts Alliance. We had never been to that part of the world before and the city amazed us in many ways. There was an ice storm when we arrived, so the entire area seemed abandoned. But we didn’t feel alone because people were so welcoming. more

6/9/2014 Welcome Austrian Artist to Paducah

One of the many advantages to Paducah being a UNESCO creative city of Crafts and Folk Art is the opportunity it allows for Paducah artists and residents to engage with creative people from all over the world. more

6/3/2014 Quick Stop: Paducah, Kentucky - Getaways For Grownups

Make the most of a brief visit to this UNESCO creative city. Spacious overnight accommodations at Fox Briar Inn earn our top honor, 21 Plus Salute! more

5/28/2014 The 3000 Mile Journey That Started With a Quilter's Generous Act - Bloomberg Businessweek

What do Dublin, Ireland and Brandon, Florida have in common? They are now and forever linked by the timeless, international fine art of quilting. That's thanks in part to Paducah's world-renowned exhibition and workshop space, The National Quilt Museum which facilitated this remarkable cultural exchange. more

5/22/2014 The Most Popular Tourist Attractions in All 50 States, According to TripAdvisor - Parade Magazine

According to TripAdvisor,com, these are the most popular travel attractions in each of the 50 states based on the "TripAdvisor Popularity Index," which takes into account "quality, quantity, and recency" of reviews written by the site's users. more

4/28/2014 Kentucky quilter puts Robin Meade in stitches - HLN Morning Express with Robin Meade

What makes Pat English happy? Quilting! more

4/11/2014 10 best places to see amazing quilts - USA TODAY

Quilts are hot — and not just for keeping toasty at night. The humble linen has evolved into an art form that's as likely to be displayed on a wall as on a bed. "It's pretty broad, from the extreme fine arts world to the grassroots," says Ricky Tims, one of the world's top fiber artists. The art form celebrates Quilt Week, one of its biggest annual events, April 23-26 in Paducah, Ky. Tims share... more

4/7/2014 National Quilt Museum's New Exhibit, 'Distortion, From the European Patchwork Meeting,' Showcases the Limitless Creativity of Fine Art Quilters Around the World

The National Quilt Museum is thrilled to announce the exhibition of "Distortion, from the European Patchwork Meeting," which will be on exhibit from April 7 through June 24, 2014. more

4/1/2014 Play Me a Tune - Kentucky Living

Whether it's hip-hop, rock 'n' roll, or indie, blues and bluegrass, reggae, or zydeco—Kentucky's lineup of music festivals will have you jammin' more

3/15/2014 Antiquing with Susan - Herald Times Online

Even if you’re not a quilter or quilt collector, you’ll easily get wrapped up in Paducah, Kentucky. Located on the Kentucky-Illinois border where the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers converge, it’s nicknamed Quilt City. That’s because it’s home to the National Quilt Museum, the largest quilt and fiber museum in the world. more

3/15/2014 Kentucky Spring - AAA MIdwest Traveler

Paducah blossoms as a weekend retreat offering art and history. more

3/12/2014 American Quilter’s Society Celebrates 30th Anniversary at AQS QuiltWeek® - Paducah, KY

Paducah, KY - The American Quilter's Society presents AQS QuiltWeek® in Paducah, KY, from April 23 - 26, 2014. more

3/12/2014 The 2014 Paducah Photo International Competition and Exhibition

Yeiser Art Center (YAC) is pleased to be hosting the Paducah Photo 2014 International Competition and Exhibition, one of the Mid-South's most prestigious annual photographic events, June 7 - July 26, 2014. more

3/5/2014 Kentucky: One of America's most underrated destinations - Travel

Kentucky is largely overlooked by Canadians who motor through the Bluegrass State en route to the beaches of Florida. more

3/4/2014 Italian band brings new sounds to Paducah - Paducah Sun

The Italian band JoyCut fits into western Kentucky's musical landscape about as well as a 20-story building would fit into downtown Paducah's skyline. more

2/26/2014 QuiltWeek® – Paducah Named Top 20 Event By Southeast Tourism Society -

The Southeast Tourism Society has recognized AQS QuiltWeek® – Paducah, Kentucky 2014 as a TOP 20 EVENT in the Southeast. more

2/21/2014 10 Wonderful and Wacky Museums - MotorHome Magazine

Every town has a story; find out what it is at these offbeat attractions more

2/12/2014 Paducah Artist in Residence Program Welcomes Austrian Artist

Elisabeth Melkonyan-Mayr, curator and WIDE WEST project leader for the Imperial Palace in Innsbruck, Austria is making a return visit to Paducah, Kentucky, February 8-15, as part of the Paducah Arts Alliance (PAA) Artist-in-Residence program. more

2/12/2014 Paducah Pathways/Color & Cue - Going on Faith

Art & cuisine are on the rise in Paducah, Kentucky. more

2/11/2014 Neighborhood Inspiration - Kentucky Living

Hybrid eatery in Paducah serves up groceries and gourmet meals to go. more

2/3/2014 Spring Flower Festivals Across America - Luxury Travel Magazine

From the daffodils of Rhode Island to the camellias of South Carolina, spring ushers in a colorful medley of garden events, tours and festivals to celebrate the season. more

1/29/2014 Paducah in the Spotlight - Nashville Arts Magazine

Paducah, Kentucky, known as Quilt City USA by its many fans, now has a new honor that will bring it even more attention. In November, it was named a member of the Creative Cities Network by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Creative Cities Network has a total of forty-one cities worldwide with Paducah being only the seventh City of Crafts and Fol... more

1/21/2014 Paducah: Rivers of Life -

Rivers gave Paducah life. George Rogers Clark noted the site at the confluence of the Tennessee with the Ohio as a promising location for a future city while trying to oust the British from the Ohio Valley during the American Revolution. more

1/13/2014 Kentucky: Where North and South Overlap - Everything Zoomer

Say “Kentucky” and a couple of things leap to mind: the Kentucky Derby, bluegrass music and bourbon, of course. Dig deeper and you’ll find the state known as “the most northerly of the southern states and the most southerly of the northern states” offers so much more. more

1/11/2014 America's Best Main Streets - The Huffington Post by Fodor's

Friendly neighbors, family-run businesses, and quaint restaurants serving comforting diner fare--these are the images conjured up by the phrase "Main Street USA." Even in this fast-paced era, many small towns have held onto their historic roots and preserved their central thoroughfares. more

1/8/2014 A UNESCO Creative City - Paducah Life Magazine

We think the world of Paducah. Now the world will think of us! In 2013 Paducah, KY was designated as the world's seventh Creative City of Crafts & Folk Art by the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization. more

1/2/2014 Paducah a UNESCO Creative City - Going on Faith

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated Paducah, Kentucky, the world’s seventh City of Crafts and Folk Art, making the western Kentucky Ohio River city a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. more

11/25/2013 Stitched Together - Group Tour Southeastern

Tours unite crafters in their passion for fiber arts. more

11/16/2013 Quilts, lakes and bluegrass stitch memorable Kentucky tour - Group Tour Magazine

A 5 day tour of Kentucky from our Southeastern issue, Winter 2013. This tour from the Kentucky Department of Travel takes groups from the Ohio River town of Paducah to the Land Between the Lakes and beyond to Owensboro. more

11/3/2013 Paducah a beautiful destination - Bowling Green Daily News

Whenever I visit Paducah, I always experience the same feeling when it’s time to leave ... I’m not ready to go. more

10/28/2013 MainStreet - "Exploring Paducah" - WKU PBS

Coming up on MainStreet we'll take you on a journey to a city defined by a river and a unique personal collection. more

10/3/2013 Paducah couple ties the knot at Brooks Stadium - WPSD Local 6

In the year they have been together, baseball has played a big role in Nick and Amy Williams' relationship. more

9/12/2013 Towns for art lovers - The Group Travel Leader

Many famous art-lovers have found inspiration for their collections while traveling. With the wide range of arts booming in cities all across the country, the next great art collector might be you. more

9/5/2013 Horses, Bourbon, and good times - Edwardsville Intelligencer

Kentucky serves up a wealth of fall festivals more

8/20/2013 Paducah Ambassadors Celebrate 25th Anniversary - West Kentucky Star

The success of the all-volunteer Paducah Ambassadors, or "Red Coats" as they are offen called, is quite a story to tell. Former Mayor Gerry Montgomery shared the reason the group was first formed 25 years ago and how many communities have tried to copy Paducah's enviable program. more

8/12/2013 National Quilt Museum - Bill Clevlen On The Road

When word got around that a quilt museum was going to be one of our destinations, the opinions were split: Women were excited. Men rolled their eyes. more

8/9/2013 In Paducah, Artists Create Something From Nothing - NPR

How do you fix a neighborhood? What do you do about crime and drugs and the once-lovely old houses that are falling down? The answer in Paducah, Ky., was to turn it into a special place for artists to live, work and sell. more

7/23/2013 Commemorating 150-Year Anniversary of the War, the National Quilt Museum Opens Exhibit of Civil War Period Quilts - CBS Atlanta

From July 12 through October 8th, the National Quilt Museum will proudly exhibit "From the Pieces of a Nation: Civil War Period Quilts". This uniquely historical exhibit features over 30 quilts that were made during the war years. more

7/14/2013 Exploring Kentucky — Where to go to get away from life’s hectic schedule - The Lane Report

State offers plenty of places to recharge and reconnect more

7/11/2013 #America Favorite Foods: Sam's Favorite Pulled Pork Sandwich - Good Morning America

Paducah, Ky., is home to "GMA's" Sam Champion and his favorite BBQ joint, Starnes. more

6/25/2013 Whitehaven Welcome Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary - WPSD Local 6

Thirty years ago today, the Whitehaven mansion opened as our area's Kentucky Welcome Center. more

6/1/2013 Quilt Museums Across the U.S. - Craftsy

Quilt museums help preserve the heritage of quilts and the stories of quilt makers, by offering a place for admirers to see quilts, textiles, garments and tapestries in a gallery setting. But many quilt museums in the U.S. take it a step further by offering education and enrichment opportunities which can help carry on the legacy of quilting in America and around the world. Here is a rundown of... more

5/13/2013 The National Quilt Museum: Changing the Perception of a 'Material World' - International Business Times

At the National Quilting Museum, there's a strict rule about not touching the quilts and fabric art hanging throughout the 27,000 square feet of exhibit space. But wanting to reach out and feel what's on display is an understandable temptation for many of the 40,000 annual visitors who can't believe what they're seeing. more

5/11/2013 Kentucky Life features Paducah music scene - KET Kentucky Life

Kentucky Life, hosted by Dave Shuffett, features an evening of live performances at the Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah, the town of Salyersville, a girl who created a knitting project for residents of Joplin, Missouri, and the vineyards of CCC Trail Winery in Morehead. more

5/2/2013 Quilt Man on Making an Impression on Visitors - Group Travel Supplier

Batman has Robin. Quilt Man has Bobbin. Then again, maybe more accurately, Quilt Man has Paducah, Kentucky. more

4/10/2013 Top counties for tourism travel expenditures - The Lane Report

Ranked by top totals for 2011, the latest year for which data is available more

3/12/2013 America's best small town comebacks - CNN Travel

Once down on their luck, these historic towns have become attractions again. more

11/6/2012 The prettiest painted towns in the USA - USA Today

Lets put a new coat of paint on this lonesome old town," Tom Waits sings in his signature rasp. more

8/31/2012 Artful Day Trip - Nashville Arts

ou don't have to travel to Paris or Rome to visit an art destination. Just a couple of hours to our north, Paducah, Kentucky, holds surprises in store for local art lovers. The city has a wealth of artistic diversity, thanks to its 12-year-old Artist Relocation Program. This historic-preservation project has transformed a declining neighborhood into the vibran artist community known as the Lowe... more

8/1/2012 The Art of Re-Creation: A Weekend in Paducah - Arkansas Life

Check out this small town with creative culture. A weekend will feel like a work of art. more

7/1/2012 Kentucky’s Fab Five - The Lane Report

Kentucky cultural districts showcase how the arts impact a community. more

5/1/2012 Only in Kentucky - Meetings Focus South

The Bluegrass State entertains groups with culture, history and a side of bourbon. From celebrated spirits to the Kentucky Derby to world-famous baseball bats, Kentucky is unbridled when it comes to unique experiences for visiting groups. more

5/1/2012 America's Greatest Main Streets - Travel + Leisure

Cheers to these small towns for great Main Streets, where you can admire architecture, sample the local flavor, and find a lost America. more

4/1/2012 Fabulous Fabric Art - Kentucky Homes & Gardens

Frank Bennett has a trick he does when he gives presentations. "I put up a PowerPoint presentation with a few slides and I ask the audience what the see," he explains. "Sometimes they say, 'Oh it's a painting, or a stained glass window.'but actually every single one of them are quilts." more

4/1/2012 Visit For Free - Kentucky Living

No tickets required. No coupons needed. Just walk right in—and enjoy. Kentucky is proof that the best things in life are free. more

4/1/2012 The Art of Attraction -

We are a nation of movers. Even though our mobility reached a record low between 2010 and 2011, and even though most Americans were still living in the state where they were born, last year 6.7 million people packed up their lives and moved to a new state, with hopes of reality that would be better. Within that huge dispersion were a few who'd been recruited by an economic development strategy ... more

8/12/2011 Three Awesome Small Towns, Best Seen by Road Trip - Gadling Traveling the American Road

In the past few weeks, I've spent plenty of time in small towns. They're the kinds of places you only visit on a road trip, when passing through, going to bigger cities and bigger sites that aren't sequestered below the Mason-Dixon, far from a major airport or hidden, for example, in rural Mississippi. (I've never heard my friends, otherwise adventurous types, talk about catching the next fligh... more

4/15/2011 The Impulsive Traveler: Paducah, Ky., will bring out the artist in you - Washington Post

I hate gelatin. Sorry, Bill Cosby. But I just can't bring myself to eat something that used to bind meat in a can. more

4/4/2011 Main Street USA Brings In The Bucks Using Pride - Forbes

I recently drove from Columbia SC to Paducah Kentucky. The town of Paducah was made famous in 1938 by a flood that destroyed 95% of the town. The town was eventually rebuilt. Someone in the town was very business savvy. The community knew that in order to survive, they needed one or more big attractions to keep this little community alive and thriving. A quilt museum was just the ticket. By 19... more


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