Creative Oklahoma Inc | Establish Oklahoma as a world-renowned center of creativity & innovation in education, commerce, & culture. Wed, 20 May 2015 22:32:12 +0000 en hourly 1 Help Us Congratulate Our ArtScience Prize Students! Mon, 11 May 2015 19:18:59 +0000 Read more »]]>

Oklahoma ArtScience Prize Students Are Headed to Cambridge!

The ArtScience Prize was founded in 2008 by Harvard University professor Dr. David Edwards as an interdisciplinary education program to educate and support Boston high school students as they explored and developed groundbreaking ideas around an annual scientific theme.


In 2010, Creative Oklahoma partnered with the ArtScience Prize to expand the program to Oklahoma as the organization’s first out-of-state expansion project. The  Oklahoma ArtScience Prize is now in its fifth pilot year serving students from a number of Oklahoma City high schools. The program is a year-long after school competition through which students generate ideas around some of the most important global issues, merging design and modern science. The student teams work on their ideas with a culminating juried competition. The winning team spends one week in Cambridge, Massachusetts with Dr. Edwards, Harvard students and other international teams to further develop their project ideas.


The 2014-2015 Oklahoma ArtScience Prize program is a partnership between Creative Oklahoma, Metro Technology Center, the University of Central Oklahoma and Inclusion in Art. This year’s student teams have developed projects on “Biodiversity” and will participate in the juried competition on May 14 at the University of Central Oklahoma.


The public is invited to attend the Oklahoma ArtScience Prize Announcement on Tuesday, May 19, at 6:00 p.m. at Metro Technology Center’s Springlake Campus in Oklahoma City. The formal announcement will be made that evening of the selected team who will represent Oklahoma for one week in July at the international ArtScience Prize Innovation Lab to be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts with Dr. Edwards and his students.


For more information, please contact Taylor Lawrence at 405-232-5570×3 or visit



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#YourIdeasMatter, Let’s Keep it Going!

In January, Creative Oklahoma launched a grassroots social media campaign called “Your Ideas Matter” to motivate individuals to tap into their innate creative problem-solving abilities and share their innovative solutions for societal issues facing us all.


The campaign focused on seven topics: education, energy, water, mental health, hunger, violence and livable communities. Each topic inspired its own face-to-face “Meet-Up” as a pre-forum activity the day before the 2015 Creativity World Forum where Creative Oklahoma’s cSchool faculty facilitated a creative problem-solving process utilizing the ideas submitted online.


For the next few months, we invite you to follow along with us as we share the top ideas from each of the seven topics from the campaign on the Creative Oklahoma Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. When you see a #YourIdeasMatter post, comment or reply to us your opinions on the chosen ideas and help us keep the online dialogue going!



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In Case You Missed It Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:57:24 +0000 Read more »]]>  

In Case You Missed It…

More than 1,500 attendees from 11 countries and 25 states attended the 2015 Creativity World Forum in Oklahoma City last week!

In addition to the forum, Creative Oklahoma also organized several pre- and post-forum offerings that helped advance creative connections and learning experiences.

Here’s a recap of the Creativity World Forum week! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and let us know if you had the opportunity to attend these events and how they impacted you.

Reverse Mission

Creative Oklahoma provided international delegates from the Districts of Creativity Network the opportunity to learn more about Oklahoma’s “Start-up Frontier” in a three-day creativity and innovation tour of the state which included site visits, panel and roundtable discussions and business-to-business meetings from Sulphur to Tulsa.

cSchool “Your Ideas Matter” Meet-Ups

In January, Creative Oklahoma launched the social media campaign, “Your Ideas Matter,” encouraging a movement to generate new creative solutions to major societal issues leading up to the forum. The morning before the forum, Creative Oklahoma’s cSchool faculty took the conversation offline in a series of creative problem solving meet-ups around downtown Oklahoma City resulting in major ideas that will move forward for discussion and implementation.

2015 Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors Gala

In conjunction with the Governor of Oklahoma, Creative Oklahoma honors Oklahomans for their national and internationally recognized creative endeavors. The evening of March 30, six Oklahomans received the distinction of being named Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors to a crowd of 300 at a dinner and program in their honor.

2015 Creativity World Forum

On March 31, Creative Oklahoma hosted the 2015 Creativity World Forum for more than 1,500 attendees. “All Our Futures: Ideas That Matter” was the forum theme with Sir Ken Robinson as the keynote speaker. Additional speakers from business, education and culture shared inspirational talks throughout the day, which also included breakout conversations and workshops, performances, exhibitors and networking opportunities.
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Creativity World Forum Coming to Oklahoma! Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:29:42 +0000 Read more »]]> CREATIVITY WORLD FORUM COMING TO OKLAHOMA!

OKLAHOMA CITY (February 5, 2015) –The entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity of Oklahomans will be on display for world leaders when the Creativity World Forum takes place in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, March 31. The Creativity World Forum highlights the need for “ideas that have value” and those that allow individuals, businesses and communities to move beyond the status quo, to grow and to succeed

Hosted by Creative Oklahoma, the day-long forum will feature inspirational talks by keynote speaker Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned expert on creativity and innovation in business and education. Some of the greatest minds in the world’s business community, including executives from The Walt Disney Company and LEGO Education, will be on hand to discuss the importance of innovation and the impact it has on the business environment.

“Creativity is defined internationally as the generation of ideas that have value,” said Creative Oklahoma president, Susan McCalmont. “The forum not only provides Oklahomans the opportunity to see what creativity looks like on a global scale, but to showcase and highlight the successes of local innovators to business leaders and educators from around the world.”

The forum’s theme, “All Our Futures: Ideas That Matter,” is based upon Robinson’s publication “All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture & Education.” It will be the platform for forum attendees to celebrate and share ideas across multiple disciplines. The festive environment will feature innovative exhibitors, visual and performing artists and interactive conversation groups.

In addition to the forum, Creative Oklahoma will also be showcasing the creative and innovative culture of multiple regions in the state to a team of international delegates as part of a Reverse Mission project.

The forum will be Oklahoma’s fifth such event since hosting the Creativity World Forum in 2010 and is designed to inspire and educate attendees about the importance of creativity. As a way to accomplish this goal, Creative Oklahoma also invites the public to participate in a number of initiatives aimed to ignite creative conversations across the state.

The #YourIdeasMatter social media campaign invites the public to share ideas as major issues facing the world are addressed. Topics will include education, energy and livable cities. Creative Oklahoma’s cSchool faculty, along with creative minds from across the state, will discuss the ideas gathered from the social media campaign and the best solutions will be chosen and later discussed at the Creativity World Forum.

Also, in partnership with Love’s Travel Stops, Creative Oklahoma is seeking ideas from Oklahoma students in grades K-12 that solve problems in schools and communities as a part of the Love’s Creative SPARKS! Awards program. All submissions must be completed online at by Friday, Feb. 27.

Kiplinger’s recently ranked Oklahoma City as the top startup city in America for young entrepreneurs. To highlight the successes of Oklahoma start-up companies, and to possibly provide additional capital for their ideas, Creative Oklahoma will be hosting a “Dream Big Oklahoma” entrepreneurial competition.  The six winners will present their business plans to business and financial experts in an intensive three-hour workshop. The event is being organized by Rogers State University and will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 30 at the Civic Center Music Hall.

Other associated events include the Creativity Ambassadors Gala on March 30th, cSchool-led sessions focusing on ideas generated during the #YourIdeasMatter social media campaign, a VIP luncheon highlighting creative partnerships between Oklahoma and Rwanda and an after-party and creativity salon held at Untitled ArtSpace following the forum.

Information about Creative Oklahoma, the Creativity World Forum and all pre- and post-forum offerings can be found at

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Creative Oklahoma Invites Great Inspirations Award Entries Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:22:01 +0000 Read more »]]> Do you have a creative idea, endeavor, or solution? Or perhaps you know somebody who does? Creative Oklahoma is pleased to announce that nominations for the Great Inspirations Award are now being accepted.

Advancing Oklahoma’s creative economy is a goal Creative Oklahoma shares with many of the state’s citizens, with the Great Inspirations Award recognizing individuals or institutions who are making strides towards the goal. The award recognizes and publicizes Oklahomans for creative endeavors, solutions or activities that can be made accessible to the public or adapted by others.

Winning nominees will have their ideas publicized and recognized at the upcoming 2015 Creativity World Forum, an event that will feature some of the world’s most influential minds in business, commerce and education.

The Great Inspirations Award is available for individuals, companies or institutions in Oklahoma. Nominations may be submitted at by February 27, 2015.

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Creative Oklahoma Launches #YOURIDEASMATTER Campaign Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:32:59 +0000 Read more »]]> Creative Oklahoma Launches #YOURIDEASMATTER Campaign

Creative Oklahoma invites the public to share their creative solutions to problems that face the world as they are addressed on Twitter and Facebook as a part of the #YourIdeasMatter campaign!

Over the next few months, Creative Oklahoma will address some major issues facing not only Oklahoma but also the world as a way to spark a global conversation about problems that are found everywhere.

The #YourIdeasMatter campaign will deal with education, energy, water, mental health, hunger, livable communities and violence. These online conversations will continue until the upcoming 2015 Creativity World Forum.

Submitting your ideas is simple. Visit Creative Oklahoma’s Facebook or Twitter page and either reply to or comment on the #YourIdeasMatter posts. If you do not have a social media account, submit your ideas via After those ideas are submitted, collected and compiled, they will be discussed at creativity meetings led by Creative Oklahoma’s cSchool faculty across Oklahoma City. The most unique, intriguing and innovative input will be submitted for panel discussion at the upcoming Creativity World Forum on March 31.

“This year’s forum theme is ‘All Our Futures: Ideas That Matter’ and this campaign complements the theme very nicely,” said Susan McCalmont, Creative Oklahoma president. “By opening up this online discussion and presenting the ideas at the forum, we are showing that you don’t have to be world-renowned or an expert to have ideas that matter.”

The #YourIdeasMatter campaign topics can be found via our social media accounts. Creative Oklahoma’s Facebook page is located at The Twitter page for Creative Oklahoma can be found at

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