Creative Oklahoma Inc | Establish Oklahoma as a world-renowned center of creativity & innovation in education, commerce, & culture. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:34:30 +0000 en hourly 1 The Search For Creative Ideas Is On! Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:04:47 +0000 Read more »]]>  


The Search For Creative Business Ideas is On!

Do you, or someone you know, have a highly creative business plan with incredible market potential? Share it with us for submission to the 2015 Creative Business Cup competition!

The Creative Business Cup is both a national and international competition developed in partnership with Global Entrepreneurship Week for new and established entrepreneurs from creative industries around the world. Creative Oklahoma, in collaboration with the National Creativity Network, brought the Creative Business Cup to the United States in 2012 providing an opportunity for American entrepreneurs to participate in the competition. Through participation in the competition, each entrepreneur will increase their ability to successfully start up a company based on their creative competencies.

Entrepreneurs interested in the 2015 Creative Business Cup must submit their business plan for a chance to compete in the international competition as the winning entry for the United States. The winner will compete against other international winners at the finals during Global Entrepreneurship Week in Copenhagen, Denmark in November.

The deadline to apply is June 21. To read more about the Creative Business Cup and to learn about the application process, visit Please send submissions to or call Taylor Lawrence at 405.232.5570×2.







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Congratulations to Our ArtScience Prize Students! Tue, 26 May 2015 18:40:45 +0000 Read more »]]>

Left to right: Dr. Dennis Portis: Associate Superintendent of Instruction at Metro Technology Centers, Liz Guerrero-Lee: Administrator of OK ArtScience Prize, Arynn Howell, Kenny Bradley, Amy Armenta, Nathan Pratt: Oklahoma ArtScience Prize mentor, Daisy Mezano-Fuentes, Alex Brown, Nathan Lee: Oklahoma ArtScience Prize mentor

Congratulations to Our ArtScience Prize Students!

All of our Oklahoma ArtScience Prize students have done a wonderful job imagining, creating and executing their “Biodiversity” projects. On May 14, the teams presented their projects to a panel of judges at the University of Central Oklahoma.

On May 19, we were excited to announce that Team BioBlue was the winner of the Oklahoma ArtScience Prize 2015 with their design for a specialized chair resembling the structure and functionality of a fish fin that will help individuals with injuries or disabilities not only sit, but stand with ease.

Team BioBlue will travel to Le Laboratoire in Cambridge, Massachusetts in July for a week-long innovation lab to further develop their project with ArtScience Prize founder and Harvard professor Dr. David Edwards, Harvard and MIT students, and other prize winning ArtScience teams from around the world.

Our other Oklahoma ArtScience Prize teams will continue to work on their projects during a special summer Innovation Institute workshop at the University of Central Oklahoma especially designed to further their projects and will be connected to resources and professionals to help bring their projects to prototype level.

The Oklahoma ArtScience Prize is a program of Creative Oklahoma in collaboration with Metro Tech Career Academy and Inclusion in Art. The program is sponsored by the Anschutz Foundation.




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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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