UNESCO Creative City

The United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Paducah, Kentucky, the world’s seventh City of Crafts & Folk Art in November 2013 for the City’s important role in the connectivity of cultures through creativity.

Paducah hosted the UNESCO Creative Cities of Crafts & Folk Art Annual Meeting in September 2017, welcoming representatives from four continents for the first formally-designated meeting of the Crafts & Folk Art subnetwork. Paducah's cultural pedigree took the spotlight as global leaders engaged in global  strategies of incorporating the arts and culture in building identity and strategic development.

Leading up to this creative convergence, Paducah Life Magazine explored all that Paducah has to offer as one of the world's Creative Cities through the spreads collected in the booklet here!

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network comprises 180 member cities in 72 countries that value culture, creativity and innovation as tools to foster sustainable urban renewal and development. To foster partnerships and synergy, Creative Cities are designated in seven creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music.

Since receiving UNESCO designation in November 2013, new doors have opened for exciting partnerships with Creative Cities around the globe. Initiatives of the American Quilter’s Society, National Quilt Museum and other fiber art partners have supported the growth of the quilting tradition into a globally-recognized artform while the Paducah School of Art & Design and Paducah’s innovative artists and far-reaching attractions and events invite visitors to participate in the community’s authentic sense of place.

Read Paducah's 2017 UNESCO Annual Report to discover a Creative City in action.

Participating in Global Collaboration & Exchange is one of the greatest opportunities for Creative Cities according to Mayor Brandi Harless. Read her blog about the 2017 UNESCO Creative Cities Network Annual Meeting here!

Quilt pictured: "Ricky and Lucy" by Karen Sistek (Owensboro, Kentucky) from the National Quilt Museum Collection