Culture Focus

Creative Oklahoma looks broadly at quality of life issues in Oklahoma including health, the environment and the arts and humanities. The cultural challenge is to make Oklahoma a healthier, more inviting and stimulating environment for creative endeavors.

Through partnerships with statewide and national organizations, such as Americans for the Arts and the Arts Education Partnership, Creative Oklahoma establishes innovative programs to promote expansion of arts and cultural opportunities, with particular focus on Oklahoma’s music education and the music industry and the emerging film and new media education and industry needs.

Why is creativity in culture important?

Creativity is both ability and a state of mind, which is nurtured by some cultures and environments, and discouraged by others. By nurturing creativity in culture, it changes a “state of mind” for the better. We can then join together and connect community and leadership to work together to address Oklahoma’s most pressing issues.

“I think a success of Creative Oklahoma has been in putting people in touch with each other – not because they are like minded, but because they are trying to achieve something similar. In fact, very often the best work comes from people who don’t think in the same way but can find a way of working together.”
-Sir Ken Robinson
Founding Advisor, Creative Oklahoma

What do we do to promote creativity in culture?

  • Raised visibility of the importance of creativity and innovation in schools, businesses, and the general public through growth in the media of creativity centered stories and documentary films.
  • Partnering with Inca Productions and OETA, produced the first national public television documentary, “ReCreating America: Creativity & Learning,” for statewide distribution in 2009 and to air nationally April 2010.  The second film titled “Reinventing Yourself” that tells the story of four people who changed their lives and a nation that reinvented itself was released in 2012.
  • Partnering with Oklahoma Publishing Co., Creative Oklahoma developed a series of short videos on creativity in the lives of important Oklahomans which is shared digitally to OPUBCO subscribers and Creative Oklahoma website visitors.
  • Partnering with OETA, Creative Oklahoma developed a series of “Creative Moments,” short videos on creativity in Oklahoma, and the “State of Creativity” television series, a 30 minute series on creative endeavors in the state showing multiple times monthly.
  • Recognizes Oklahomans making national/international creative contributions through the Creativity Ambassador program.
  • Served as a catalyst to bring the Academy of Contemporary Music from Guildford, England, to Oklahoma City where it is an accredited program of the University of Central Oklahoma serving over 200 students in its first year.
  • Accepted as the only “District of Creativity” in the US in 2007 by the Districts of Creativity Network (DC Network) organization based in Flanders.