The United States Mission to UNESCO welcomed representatives from each of the six American UNESCO Creative Cities to Paris on the eve of the 2017 Creative Cities meetings.
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue, and American Jazz icon Herbie Hancock opened the event with a speech highlighting the transformative power of creativity to bring people and cultures together in peace.
UNESCO’s Creative Cities program is a network for municipal leaders around the world to connect and share ideas and approaches to arts and economic development with kindred spirits from cities around the world.
Tucson, Arizona is the most recent addition to the list of American Creative Cities. Since being recognized as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2015, Tucson has seen increases in restaurant and tourism revenues, and millions of dollars in earned media coverage.
To highlight the significance of the City of Gastronomy designation, the U.S. Mission invited Janos Wilder, Tucson’s James Beard Foundation award winning chef, to prepare a tasting menu of authentic Tucson border cuisine for an audience of Ambassadors and delegates from dozens of UNESCO Member States.
Guests also heard from representatives of each of the American cities:
Austin, Texas UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts
Iowa City, Iowa UNESCO Creative City of Literature
Detroit, Michigan UNESCO Creative City of Design
Paducah, Kentucky UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art
Santa Fe, New Mexico UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art
Tucson, Arizona UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy