Creativity Ambassadors

Creativity Ambassadors are Oklahomans of a range of disciplines appointed by the Governor and Creative Oklahoma in recognition of their national and international creative and innovative contributions. The Ambassadors receive the Creativity Ambassador title and medallion from the Governor in a gala ceremony associated with the State of Creativity Forum.

Ambassadors have agreed to serve as representatives of the State of Oklahoma to further Creative Oklahoma’s mission to establish Oklahoma as a world-renowned center of creativity and innovation. Ambassadors also share their ideas on creativity and innovation helping to advance “The State of Creativity” campaign. Their contributions include public service announcements, performances, speaking opportunities, and sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Oklahoma is indeed fortunate to have so many accomplished individuals throughout the world making creative contributions in fields from aerospace to music. We are honored that these Oklahomans give their time and talent to make a difference and are committed to advancing creativity and innovation in Oklahoma and wherever they may be.

Chair: Bart Conner
Olympian, CEO, Perfect 10 Productions

2015 Creativity Ambassador Inductees

Jeanette Elliott

Rand Elliott

Mike Knopp

Joe Thompson

Roger Webb

Young Ambassador Award

John Fullbright

Renaissance Award

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Mr. Hans E. Butzer
AIA, LEED AP and the S-X-L team for designing the Oklahoma City SkyDance Bridge.

Current Creativity Ambassadors

Suzy Amis-Cameron
Founder, MUSE School and former actress, Titanic, Twister, and The Usual Suspects

Elvin Bishop
Blues, rock and roll recording artist

Byron Berline
Three-time National Fiddle Champion and session musician with The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson and others

David Boren
President, University of Oklahoma and Former Governor, State of Oklahoma & United States Senator

Chad Burris
Movie producer, Oklahoma Territory Film Council President and Director of Yuwita, a non-profit organization

Lee Cockerell
Retired former Executive Vice President of Operations, Walt Disney World Resort and board of trustees member, the Culinary Institute of America

Graham Colton
American pop singer-songwriter with his hit song “Best Days” appearing on American Idol and Kyle XY.

Nadia Comaneci
Nine-time Olympic gold medalist; founder, International Gymnastics Hall of Fame

Wayne Coyne
Grammy Award winning rock musician, singer, guitarist, and songwriter for The Flaming Lips

Kyle Dillingham
The Ambassador in Residence for the University of Central Oklahoma, also the Ambassador for the Oklahoma City University and for the University’s Centre for Global Competency.

Dayna Dunbar
Oklahoma Author and motivational speaker

Gray Frederickson
Oscar winning movie producer – The Godfather, Part II and Apocalypse Now

Three brothers, Isaac, Taylor and Zac, natives of Tulsa; launched their own independent record company in 2003, 3CG Records, with millions of records sold.

Sterlin Harjo
Film maker, script writer & director – Goodnight Irene & Four Sheets to the Wind

Benjamin Harjo, Jr.
Leading American Indian visual artist, Seminole-Shawnee tribe; 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, NAASA

John Herrington
Former NASA astronaut & US Naval Commander; First Native American in Space

Mat Hoffman
Six time X-Games medalist winner and 2002 ESPN Action Sports Lifetime Achievement Award

Wanda Jackson
Country and rockabilly musician and 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee

Junie Lowry-Johnson
Emmy award-winning casting director – True Blood, Desperate Housewives, Big Love, NYPD Blue, and Prison Break

Toby Keith
Country musician and actor receiving four AMA Awards, five Billboard awards and two CMA awards; named 2004 Oklahoman of the Year

Garman Kimmell
Founder, President, Chief Developer, Kimray, Inc.

Erik Logan
President, Harpo Productions and board member, The Oprah Winfrey Network

Dick Lowry
Director, NYPD Blue, Crossing Jordan and director and/or producer of 60+ movies and mini-series for network and cable television including several Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.

Hunt Lowry
Film Producer – A Walk to Remember, Last of the Mohicans and A Time to Kill

Ben May
Business Development Director, Epcot, Walt Disney World

Leona Mitchell
Operatic soprano vocalist receiving a Grammy for her role as Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, London Records; and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame inductee

Brad Moore
President, Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions

Bobby Nelson
Vice President and CFO, Sprinkles Cupcakes

Charles Nelson, II
Co-Founder, Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sandi Patty
Christian artist receiving 39 Dove awards and five Grammys and Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee

Lee Alan Smith
Chairman, Oklahoma Events, LLC

Thomas Stafford
NASA astronaut and Commander, Apollo 10; Retired, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General

Dr. Jordan Tang
Medical researcher, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, discovered an important key in Alzheimer’s disease treatment

Jerod Tate
Composer and award-winning Native American musician, Chickasaw

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Allan Vest
Composer, producer, and creative force behind the orchestral pop band, Starlight Mints

Michael Wallis
Award-winning Reporter and Best-selling Author – Route 66: the Mother Road, Oil Man the Story of Frank Phillips & The Birth of Phillips Petroleum

Jimmy Webb
Composer and musician and only artist to receive Grammys for music, lyrics, and orchestration; chairman, Songwriters Hall of Fame

Mike Wimmer
Illustrator and painter with 23 works of Oklahoma history on display at the Oklahoma State Capitol

2012 Creativity Ambassadors

Jesse Tabish
Lead vocalist for the new-wave orchestra band Other Lives

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Jane Jayroe Gamble
Author, television personality, and 1967 Miss America

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Desmond Mason
Artist and retired NBA athlete

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Rich Taylor
Emmy award winning producer, past vice president of Disney Entertainment and Costuming, current Dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts

Sir Ken Robinson
The national adviser for Creative Oklahoma was named a Creative Ambassador for his work on Oklahoma’s behalf by Governor Mary Fallin. Sir Ken is the founding adviser for Creative Oklahoma and an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity, and innovation.