Statement Regarding United States' Withdrawal from UNESCO

Date of release:  January 2, 2019

The United States’ withdrawal from UNESCO does not affect Paducah’s status as a UNESCO Creative City of Crafts & Folk Art.  Paducah’s dedication to culture, creativity, and global connection through the arts led to the city’s designation five years ago.  We will continue to work closely with U.S. and international Creative City partners toward the common goal of fostering creative industry for sustainable development.

Since its launch in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network has promoted collaboration between cities by establishing enhanced communication channels among art communities globally.  The designation has focused worldwide attention on the cultural richness of Paducah.  The cooperation between culturally significant cities presents Paducah an opportunity to highlight assets like the National Quilt Museum and Yeiser Art Center, while further enhancing art education through the Paducah School of Art & Design and artist-in-residence programs.