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WHAT IS THE OKLAHOMA CREATIVE COMMUNITIES PROJECT?

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WHAT MAKES THE OKLAHOMA CREATIVE COMMUNITIES PROJECT UNIQUE?

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WHAT IS THE OKLAHOMA CREATIVE COMMUNITIES PROJECT?

Creative Oklahoma defines this new project, Oklahoma Creative Communities, as a group of engaged citizens, across all sectors and within a defined geographic region, that come together as a thought leader group with a commitment to a creative problem solving process whereby new ideas, that have value and did not exist before in the community,  will be generated and implemented.  The defined geographic area can be a municipality, Native American nation, or designated districts within Oklahoma’s two metropolitan cities.

Each community determines priority issues and ideas that will grow the economic base of the community and improve quality of life for all citizens and then works together on the implementation plan. Partnerships, leadership development, and cross-sector collaboration are key elements of each creative community.

The goals of the Oklahoma Creative Communities project are threefold:  

1) To facilitate the generation of new ideas that would contribute to the economic and societal community transformation and develop implementation plans for each significant idea; 

2) To build the creative leadership capacity of each community through schools and local businesses; 

3) To document and highlight stories of individuals and successful projects as case studies to learn from and to bring about state pride.  

Shared stories about these communities will be widely promoted to inspire the next generation of Oklahoma entrepreneurs, teachers, artists, and policy-makers.

Creative Oklahoma will work intently with communities over a twenty-month time period to cultivate new ideas and to further identify, strengthen and expand their assets and creative capacities of citizens with the strategic intention of improving their economic well-being and life quality. These communities will be invited to showcase their stories, talents, and assets at a major creativity event in 2017, with major national and international attention.

 

WHAT MAKES THE OKLAHOMA CREATIVE COMMUNITIES PROJECT UNIQUE?

Most “creative community” initiatives throughout the nation are either arts and traditional creative industry focused, or solely economic development strategies. In our initial research we have not discovered any other statewide creative community initiatives that tap into the creative and innovative talent of community residents to develop new solutions, cross-sector inter-disciplinary networks of engaged citizens, and the development of creative school, workplace and civic environments where new ideas are encouraged and implemented.

 

The project will emphasize these unique elements:

• In-depth community engagement and teamwork,

• Validation of citizen ideas through research-based creative problem solving methodologies,

• Engagement of young people and the senior in the process, as well as other cross-sector community leaders,

• Advancement of a creative community environment that welcomes new ideas and is sustainable.

 

WHAT ARE THE MAJOR BENEFITS FOR YOUR COMMUNITY?

• Participation in Oklahoma Creative Communities network for leadership development, sharing, and development of case studies

• Connections for entrepreneurs and business community with innovation trainers, leaders and mentors

• Asset mapping of community strengths and centers of excellence

• Demographics survey and creative industry data analysis

• Partnership with design thinking & creative  problem solving experts

• Development of new community partnerships facilitated by Creative Oklahoma

• Access to the Creativity School (cSchool), a teaching cadre of Oklahoma-based academicians and practitioners in creativity and innovation

• Access to Oklahoma A+ Schools methodologies and professional development for community schools

• Special youth leadership development and school creativity development focus

• Focused marketing of community stories through Creative Oklahoma outlets to increase tourism and business opportunities

• Project assessment

Some of the selection criteria includes:

• Current community leadership and evidence of interest and intent to fully participate in the process

• Strength and diversity of leadership representing all community sectors

• Current creative events or strategies already in place in community

• Commitment to a 2017 Creativity event to celebrate and showcase project

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

December, 2015  – Online application process opens

February 15, 2016 –  Submission process closes

February 16 – 19, 2016 – Application review process

February 22-26, 2016 – Communities selected for participation

March 1, 2016 –  Public announcement for program start

March 18-19, 2016 – Retreat for selected communities

 

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:

A+School

• Oklahoma City Metropolitan Public Library System

• AHMM Architecture

• Oklahoma Municipal League