2019 Creative Impact Symposium

The City of Paducah Planning Department is organizing a one-day workshop to activate Paducah’s creative industries.  Creative Impact 2019 will be held Saturday, May 11 at West Kentucky Community & Technical College’s Clemens Fine Arts Center.  

Mayor Brandi Harless says, “As a UNESCO City of Crafts & Folk Art, we know that Paducah embraces the arts and a creative mindset, but we want to find new ways to bring creativity to the forefront.  We want to stimulate growth in the creative industries and encourage our local businesses to explore how they can play a part in this vibrant economy.”

Planning Director Tammara Tracy says, “Creative individuals such as artists, bakers, hobbyists, and tech enthusiasts have unique skills such as creation, the ability of interpretation and re-interpretation, confidence to explore concepts, processes, and materials, as well as an inherent ability to solve problems.  However, it often takes a different set of skills or knowledge base to move these wonderful outcomes into a prosperous business or economically viable product.  This symposium will provide attendees inspiration and guidance to move into a creative and sustainable world.”

Registration and networking begin at 8 a.m. with a welcome from Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless at 9 a.m.  The first session, Creative Industry Impact on U.S. Economy and Community Development, begins at 9:15 a.m. and will be presented by Randy Cohen with Americans for the Arts.    Sessions and workshops will be held until 5 p.m.  This is a free event; however, since space is limited, attendees are encouraged to pre-register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-impact-2019-tickets-60144442647

Arts & Cultural Coordinator Nelvin Cecil Howell says, “Meeting and listening to creative individuals in Paducah during my short time as Arts & Cultural Coordinator I have learned so much. This symposium is necessary for the longevity of creativity that lives in Paducah.  Organizing this event has been enlightening and by establishing these connections, we strengthen our partnerships and our state's creative industry.”

Additional presentations at 2019 Creative Impact are as follows:

  • Success in Community and Economic Development through Creative Entrepreneurship, a panel discussion;
  • Art Builds Business Builds Art by Beth Flowers; and
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset by Jennifer Reis.

For additional information, please call the Paducah Planning Department at 270-444-8690. 

Date of release:  April 23, 2019creative impact 2019 logo