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 is proud to host the 2017 UNESCO Creative Cities of Crafts & Folk Art Annual Meeting. In September 2017, Paducah will welcome representatives from 20 UNESCO Creative Cities in 15 countries for the first formally-designated meeting of the Crafts & Folk Art subnetwork. Paducah's cultural pedigree will be in the spotlight as global leaders share strategies of incorporating the arts and culture in building identity and strategic development.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network comprises 116 member cities in 54 countries designated in seven creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music.

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.