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UNESCO Creative Cities Network

(As of 5/15/2014)

What is the UNESCO Creative Cities Network?

Date: 08/29/2011 Location: Iowa City, Iowa Description: Old Capitol - UNESCO Creative Cities Network - State Dept Image

UNESCO Creative Cities form a global network of municipalities recognized as having achieved world class standards within a given creative area.

Through U.S. membership in UNESCO, American cities are eligible to take advantage of the UNESCO Creative City program as a way to highlight their unique cultural heritage on the world stage.

Designation as a UNESCO Creative City can help municipalities harness their creativity as a way to promote social and economic development.

Date: 08/29/2011 Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico Description: Inn and Spa at Loretto - UNESCO Creative Cities Network - State Dept Image

Current U.S. UNESCO Creative Cities:

Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature

Santa Fe UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art

Paducah UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art



Creative City Network Themes:
UNESCO Creative City Network themes include:

Literature Design
Film Media Arts
Music Gastronomy
Crafts and Folk Art  

How to apply:
For information about the UNESCO Creative City Program and for next steps about how your city can apply click here


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