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SAN ANTONIO (March 6, 2019) – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative City of Paducah will host their U.S. Creative City Series, a 4-week collaborative project from March 6, 2019 to March 27, 2019 in Paducah, Kentucky. The project is an initiative of Paducah’s UNESCO Creative City of Craft and Folk Art to encourage and develop links between the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the United States. San Antonio’s Office of Historic Preservation cultural historian, Claudia Guerra will travel to Paducah to present to the Rotary Club of Paducah on the San Antonio Missions, San Antonio’s UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy Designation, and Preservation. Ms. Guerra will also appear on “About Tourism Talk”, a 30-minute public access program hosted by the Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau, joined by U.S. Creative City representatives from Kansas City, Santa Fe, and Iowa City.
Designated a Creative City of Gastronomy in late 2017, San Antonio’s mission is to strengthen the city’s culinary legacy as a confluence of cultures. Rooted in Spanish, European and African traditions, the preservation and celebration of local culinary heritage is expected to spur equity, resiliency and sustainability while providing a unique and distinctive cultural experience. At the same time, the designation is intended to spur innovation by creating new traditions and fostering sustainable practices of food production and distribution.
“As a Creative City of Gastronomy, we will seek to strengthen and expand connections,” said San Antonio World Heritage Director Colleen Swain. “This speaker series is an opportunity for San Antonio to showcase our history, culture, and food with others Creative Cities. We look forward to actively participating in the Network and further expanding San Antonio as an international culinary destination.”
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The 180 cities which currently make up this Network work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level. The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature, and Music.
Representatives from four of the nine U.S. Creative Cities have been invited to attend Paducah’s U.S. Creative City Series. This series is a unique opportunity for locals to participate and learn how Creative Cities are positioning themselves for the future while representing American cultural traditions around the globe.
For information the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, please visit, https://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/home. For information on San Antonio’s Creative City of Gastronomy, please visit, https://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/san-antonio and https://www.sanantonio.gov/WorldHeritage/Programs/CreativeCities.