UNESCO Creative Cities of Crafts & Folk Art Annual Meeting 2017

Paducah will host representatives of 20 UNESCO Creative Cities for the first annual meeting of the sub-network of Crafts & Folk Art, September 24-27, 2017. Designated as a Creative City nearly four years ago, Paducah welcomes global leaders to share their best practices for incorporating the arts and culture in building identity and strategic development!

The meeting will feature expert panels of national and international speakers, Creative Field workshops and hands-on study tours around three themes:

  • Creative Cities & Tourism Opportunities
  • Economic Development & Urban Revitalization Using Arts & Culture
  • Education, Institutions & Natural Resources for Sustainable Economic & Cultural Development


Creative Cities - Cultural Encounters

Opportunities for the community to discover the depth of Paducah's creative culture and connections in the Creative Cities Network are amplified as we host this global meeting!

SEE - Pride of Place, an exhibition of craft objects and art works from UNESCO Creative Cities at Paducah School of Art & Design. Opening Tuesday, September 26 at 4 PM.

HEAR - Public Forum at Maiden Alley Cinema hosted by KET's Renee Shaw will feature U.S. and international Creative City leaders offering insight into UNESCO and the Creative Cities Network. Sunday, September 24 at 3 PM.

TASTE - UNESCO Beer at Dry Ground Brewing Company creatively brewed with ingredients sourced from Paducah's fellow Creative Cities. Debut on tap, Sunday, September 24.

EXPERIENCE - Barbecue on the River's global theme celebrates the international appeal of Paducah's creativity and local flavor. Porkstock, Wednesday, September 27; Barbecue on the River, September 28-30.

LISTEN - Paducah Life Magazine Literary Soiree at the McCracken County Library featuring local writers and songwriter Nathan Lynn. Tuesday, September 26, 5:30 PM.

Learn more about Paducah's UNESCO Creative City designation through this Paducah Life Magazine booklet here!

Find inspiration in Paducah's creativity and authentic cultural experiences! 

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