UNESCO Creative City

The United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Paducah, Kentucky a Creative City in November 2013 for the City’s important role in the connectivity of cultures through creativity. In 2018, the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau published Our Global Creative City: By the Numbers to celebrate the fifth anniversary of designation.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network: Creativity for Sustainable Development

Paducah is one of nine UNESCO Creative Cities in the United States. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is comprised of 246 member cities designated in seven creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music.

View Paducah Creative City Annual Report for updates!

Since receiving UNESCO Creative City 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.

If you live, work, teach or create in Paducah, you contribute to the global reputation of our Creative City and can tap into this network.

Design a cross-cultural collaboration, tell your #PaducahCreativeCity story, promote your business and advocate for local culture. Contact the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau team, Paducah's focal point facilitating connections with the Creative Cities Network!


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