UNESCO Creative City

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

Paducah joined Santa Fe (New Mexico), Aswan (Egypt), Kanazawa (Japan), Icheon (South Korea), Hangzhou (China) and Fabriano (Italy), as Cities of Crafts & Folk Art in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network on November 20, 2013. The designation was the culmination of a five-year application process led by the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) to leverage the destination’s assets to impact local economic, social and cultural development.

Explore the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, comprised of 116 member cities in 54 countries worldwide.

Since receiving UNESCO designation, 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. 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 2015 UNESCO Annual Report to discover a Creative City on the move.