What is Creative Oklahoma?

Formed in 2006, Creative Oklahoma is a statewide non-profit organization advancing Oklahoma’s creative economy through creativity and innovation based initiatives in education, commerce and culture. The mission is to transform the state of Oklahoma through projects and collaborative ventures that help develop a more entrepreneurial and vibrant economy and an improved life quality for its citizens.

Creative Oklahoma is the first non-profit organization in the U.S. with a statewide strategy to encourage and support the development of creativity and innovation in the multiple sectors of education, commerce, and culture with strategic counsel provided by national advisor, Sir Ken Robinson.  Creative Oklahoma has further catalyzed the development of the National Creativity Network, a national non-profit organization linking over 15 regions in the U.S. and Canada sharing best practice and providing national educational offerings.

Currently, Creative Oklahoma is the only North American region represented in the International Districts of Creativity Network, linking together 14 regions of creativity throughout the world.  Creative Oklahoma has been designated as the U.S. host for the Creative Business Cup, an international competition for creative industries based in Copenhagen.

What is Creative Oklahoma’s Mission?

The mission is to establish Oklahoma as a world-renowned center of creativity through projects and collaborative ventures to stimulate a more entrepreneurial and vibrant economy and an improved quality of life for its citizens.

Creative Oklahoma has developed specific programs and services to promote understanding of the demand for creativity and innovation in the state and to drive Oklahoma’s economic growth and improve life quality for its citizens.  Some ongoing initiatives include:

The State of Creativity Forum – An annual gathering of some of the most important thought leaders sharing ideas to advance creativity and innovation. Learn more

The State of Creativity Awards Program – Annually Creative Oklahoma provides a variety of cash and noncash awards recognizing and encouraging creativity and innovation throughout the state with a special emphasis on youth.

The cSchool – The Creativity School (cSchool) is a teaching cadre of Oklahoma-based academicians and practitioners in creativity and innovation.  It presents research-based creativity-focused curricular offerings via an annual pre-Forum day-long “bootcamp” and customized offerings for businesses, educational institutions, and communities requesting assistance with furthering creativity and innovation in their environments. Learn more

Oklahoma Innovation Index – Oklahoma is the second state to develop a creativity or innovation index that will guide advancement in educational practice towards incorporation of more creativity and innovation in the classroom.  Learn more

Oklahoma ArtScience Prize – Creative Oklahoma adopted the Oklahoma ArtScience Prize in 2011 as an initiative to encourage high school student engagement in creative problem solving and aspirational thinking methodologies. Learn more

Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors – Since 2008, Creative Oklahoma has partnered with the Governor to recognize Oklahomans for their creative and innovative national and international contributions with the Creativity Ambassador distinction. Learn more

Districts of Creativity Network – In 2007 Oklahoma was acknowledged as an official “District of Creativity” and accepted into the 14 member international network of creative districts based in Flanders, Belgium. Learn more

National Creativity Network –Creative Oklahoma has fostered conversations with over fifteen other states and regions in the United States and Canada who demonstrated interest in developing their own regional creativity initiatives. Learn more

Documenting Oklahoma Stories of Creativity – The Oklahoma Creativity Project, the antecedent of Creative Oklahoma, first began its work with the documentation of creativity and innovation stories of Oklahomans through the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA).  Learn more

Developing an Oklahoma Network of Creativity – Through its enhanced website, social media, and membership program, Creative Oklahoma aspires to develop an ever-growing network of Oklahomans connecting with one another and other creative minds throughout the nation and world.

Partnerships and Collaborations – With an organizational structure resembling that of an inverted umbrella, Creative Oklahoma welcomes the connecting spokes of all organizations and individuals interested in promoting imagination, creativity, and innovation in the state of Oklahoma and beyond.