UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has designated Paducah, Kentucky, the world's 7th city of Crafts and Folk Art. This means that Paducah is now a part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network!
Paducah, well known for its artistic population of quilters, painters, potters, culinary artists, print and jewelry makers, is now one of only three cities in the United States to have earned the Creative City designation and is one of only 41 cities world-wide with the designation.
Launched in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network has played a vital role in fostering creative industries for sustainable development. The Creative Cities Network was designed with the promotion of the social, economic, and cultural development of cities in both the developed and the developing world in mind. Designation as a UNESCO Creative City benefits Paducah by helping to facilitate its creative tourism and sustainable development.
Known as Quilt City USA® and recognized worldwide as a mecca for quilters and fiber artists, the city's Visitors Bureau pursued the application as a UNESCO Creative City because of this long lasting and internationally known tradition in the fine craft of quilt-making.