Creative Cities Network

Incubators of Creativity

The UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network is an international platform that encourages members to identify their creative assets and use them to build inclusive and balanced economic and cultural cities.

By joining the Creative Cities Network, cities commit to sharing good practice and developing partnerships to strengthen creative activities, goods, and services, develop hubs of creativity and innovation, and improve access to cultural life. The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature, and Music.

Made in America

The American Creative Cities Network includes 9 internationally recognized creative cities covering gastronomy, design, crafts and folks arts, literature and the media arts.  

If you’d like your city to be recognized as a global creative city start your application today.

City of Gastronomy, Tucson

Located in the Sonoran Desert, Tucson has the longest agricultural history of any city in the United States of America. Read More

City of Literature, Iowa City

For 80 years, Iowa City has been committed to celebrating writing and is home to world-famous The Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.  Read More

City of Crafts, Santa Fe

Santa Fe’s creativity is rooted in the trade fairs, El Camino Real and the Santa Fe Trail, to the vibrant markets and art fairs of today. Read More

City of Media Arts, Austin

Austin’s creative sector contributes more than US$ 4.35 billion in economic activity annually and represents nearly 49,000 permanent jobs. Read More

City of Design, Detroit

Detroit has built itself as a cradle of American modernist design and as a global center for prolific designers, including Eames, Knoll, Saarinen and Yamasaki.  Read More

City of Crafts, Paducah

Known as “Quilt City”, Paducah is home to the National Quilt Museum of the United State – the largest museum of its kind in the world. Read More

City of Music, Kansas City

Kansas City is home to the University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of the most respected music conservatories in the country emphasizing jazz internationally. Read More

City of Gastronomy, San Antonio

The culinary arts, are one of San Antonio’s fastest-growing industries, increasing 12% per year, with an economic impact of US$4,3 billion.  Read More

City of Literature, Seattle

Seattle’s identity as a literary city has coalesced around a 10,000-year history of Indigenous storytelling traditions, as well as authors like Theodore Roethke, Raymond Carver, and Octavia Butler. Read More