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.

Our 21st century global economy is built on ideas. A society of creative thinkers, inventors, and entrepreneurs will use ideas to drive corporate profitability, entrepreneurial growth, and solutions to some of the most serious issues facing the human race. However, this new paradigm is disconnected from the way educational systems prepare young people for the workforce.

Every human is born with talents, passion, imagination, and the capacity to create. Our challenge in life is to recognize where our passions reside, what our talents are, and how to keep them alive as we move through life in our homes, schools, workplaces, and community organizations. Too often we are told that an idea can’t be done because it’s been tried before and failed; not to pursue our passions because we’ll never be able to make a living; and that test scores are more important than curiosity and deep learning.

The global creativity movement, including Creative Oklahoma, encourages individuals to recognize and maintain their talents and bring those gifts into their communities. Creative ideas will be the fuel that drives the economic and social change in the approaching decades.