A Community Canvas that Grows More ARTISTIC Every Day

Paducah’s Artist Relocation Program encourages artists from across the country to relocate to the city’s Lower Town neighborhood. The city provides incentives for artist relocation, including historic homes offered at affordable rates, and Paducah Bank lends relocating artists funds to restore the houses. The Artist Relocation Program contributes to the revitalization of a blighted historic neighborhood, strengthens the creative economy of Paducah, and creates a renewed residential community in the downtown area.


If you go to the RUDY BRUNER AWARD website www.brunerfoundation.org/rba/p/2005, this (pictured above) is what you’ll see posted under the foundation’s 2005 Silver Award category. That’s right, Paducah’s Artist Relocation Program was one of four silver awards presented to urban projects around the country.

From the Site
American cities embody our nation’s greatest triumphs and most daunting challenges. At their best they showcase the rich diversity, cultural achievement, and democratic values that characterize the American spirit. At their worst they reflect our country’s most persistent social ills—economic disparity, hopelessness, neglect, and abandonment. Yet there are those places that are developed with such vision and imagination that they transform urban problems into creative solutions. The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) seeks to discover those special places and to celebrate and publicize their achievements.

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence was created in 1986 by Simeon Bruner, and was named in honor of his late father. The Award was created by Mr. Bruner to foster a better understanding of the role of architecture in the urban environment and has become one of America’s leading forums for the discussion of issues related to urban architecture, planning, and revitalization. The Rudy Bruner Award has been recognized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Design Research Associates.