Paducah was named a UNESCO-designated Creative City in 2013 for its long history of crafts and folk art, which are still woven into the fabric of the community today. In 2000, Paducah began offering incentives to artists to relocate downtown and restore old Victorian homes. Now, the once-blighted neighborhood has blossomed into the Lower Town Arts District, where you can browse a patchwork of galleries and studios.
The National Quilt Museum offers a striking look at an underrepresented art form. Check out the Market House Theatre for plays and musicals, or catch a concert at the Luther Carson Four Rivers Center, which has hosted performances from Crosby, Stills & Nash to STOMP. On certain days during the summer, musical artists put on free performances at Riverfront, while the large flood wall that separates Broadway from the Ohio River has become an evolving canvas for murals depicting Paducah’s history.