Creativity is the common thread that connects people from around the globe to Paducah, a designated UNESCO Creative City. Anchored by the National Quilt Museum and a thriving fiber arts community, Paducah is a haven for creative thinkers and doers who find inspiration here.
At the heart of America's inland waterways, the river contributes to the constant flow of Paducah's engaging energy and fascinating history. From the colorful revitalization of the Lower Town Arts District to the vibrant streets of 19th century architecture in Historic Downtown, Paducah invites visitors to immerse themselves in rich American heritage and distinctively creative culture.
The National Quilt Museum is the portal to the contemporary quilt experience - through exhibits and workshops by renowned quilters who are implementing creative ideas and approaches to fibre art. It is the gateway to the discovery of quilts, quilt-making and the quilt artist. Visitors marvel at the artistry of the Museum’s collection of contemporary quilts and ever changing touring and thematic exhibitions that celebrate traditional and non-traditional quilt-making methods. The Museum Collection features more than 500 pieces of fibre art by internationally renowned quilt artists.
The Lower Town Arts District, Paducah's oldest neighbourhood, is famous for the award-winning Artist Relocation Program that prompted its colorful revitalization which continues today with the Paducah School of Art & Design campus. The Arts District is populated with working artists, students and artists-in-residence who add to the City's vibrant artistic landscape. The work of Paducah's resident artists can be viewed and purchased at various art galleries and collectives throughout the city including the Art Guild of Paducah, Yeiser Art Center, Bricolage Art Collective and Ochre.