Since being selected as a new member city of UNESCO Creative Cities
Network (UCCN) in October of 2019, the city of Jinju has been
planning to publish the International Journal of Crafts and Folk Arts. This journal
aims to achieve cultural diversity and sustainable urban development by sharing
knowledge, experience, and practices of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network
member cities in the field of crafts and folk art.
We organized an editorial committee for the journal with experts from related
academic societies, research institutes, the Korea-UCCN Advisory Council, and
from the UCCN cities. I express my gratitude to many local and overseas scholars
and activists for their participation as members of the Editorial Board. We have been
communicating with the focal points of creative cities in our network, and posted
“Call for Papers” on UCCN website. Many creative cities thankfully responded to
our proposal, seven of which submitted short papers about their culture heritages
and activities. Four scholars participated in the discussion of the topic “Arts and
Cultural Activities under the Pandemic: Problems and How to Solve Them.” I really
thank these scholars for their participation and submitting their responses to many
important questions that we ask in this discussion.
We also have five academic papers in this issue. Some papers are revised work
from the presentations at the International Conference on Creative City which was
annually held in Jinju City from 2017 to 2019. I especially thank Professor Woralun
Boonyasurat, Director of Social Research Institute (SRI) at Chiang Mai University,
for participating in this journal in various ways, by serving as a member of the
Editorial Board, submitting an academic paper as well as a short article, and also
being a discussant.
I strongly believe this journal will contribute to strengthening international
cooperation between cities and to facilitating studies, research and evaluations on the
experience of the creative cities. I also hope that this journal ultimately contributes to
implementing the core objectives of the UCCN Mission Statement at both national
and international levels.
The journal will continue to include academic papers that cover various topics,
such as creative transmission of intangible heritages in crafts and folk arts, and
ways to promote creative industries for sustainable urban development. It will also
offer scholarly debates on current and future issues, interviews, book reviews, and
presentation of new practices and events in member cities in the crafts and folk art
sector. We invite creative cities to participate in this journal by submitting academic
papers, short articles, reviews, and news related to crafts and folk arts.
Finally, I would like to extend my gratitude to Ms. Ernesto Ottone R., Assistant
Director-General for Culture of UNESCO, and Kwangho Kim, Secretary-General
of Korean National Commission for UNESCO, for their congratulatory statements,
Professor Masayuki Sasaki for his cultural criticism as a review article, and Kyoo-il
Jo, Mayor of Jinju City, for his financial and moral support for this journal.