Along the quiet river town of Paducah, there exists a quirky little arts district called Lower Town. Full of architectural treasures and funky sculptures, the neighborhood residents carry this unique geographical gem high on their shoulders. But it wasn’t always this way. During the period of post-WWII suburbanization, urban core communities like Lower Town began to decline. Blight, unemployment, and other social maladies followed. Seeing that the local market couldn’t save the area, the city launched the Artist Relocation Program to attract a different kind of investor: artists. Creatives from all over the world answered the call, helping to transform Lower Town into a place unlike anywhere else.


Kristin Williams, Owner of Ephemera Paducah, an art supply store and workshop in Lowertown - Photo by Elijah McKenzie Tanya Neitzke, painting instructor at the Paducah School of Art and Design - Photo by Elijah McKenzie Char and Jay Downs, artists who reside in Paducah's Lowertown Arts District - Photo by Elijah McKenzie A scene of Downtown Paducah during QuiltWeek, a twice-yearly event organized by the American Quilters Society - Photo by Elijah McKenzie