Written by Dick Pryor on Friday November 12, 2010
For the past several years, a group called Creative Oklahoma has been promoting the value of creativity and innovation in commerce, culture and education. Their efforts have led to Oklahoma being chosen one of only 12 regions worldwide that comprises the District of Creativity Network. In fact, Oklahoma is the only place in the Americas designated such a site. It's also a reason that Oklahoma City has been chosen to host the Creativity World Forum on November 15-17.
This is a major event bringing together more than 60 speakers from various professions, each with a story tell about how creativity has made a difference in their work. During the Creativity World Forum they will also discuss the meaning of creativity and its critical importance in the development of an entrepreneural society and world-class culture.
This week's guests are two people integrally-involved in the effort: Susan McCalmont, Executive Director of the Kirkpatrick Foundation, and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Creative Oklahoma; and Rich Taylor, Dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma, who is also Chairman for the Creativity World Forum.
McCalmont and Taylor discussed what was involved in bringing together this one-of-a-kind event for Oklahoma, to be held at Oklahoma City's Cox Convention Center. People from around the globe will find out about the Sooner State and how courageous innovators have helped make Oklahoma the State of Creativity.
McCalmont said creativity is especially important now, with the state hoping to create more jobs. Taylor, who spent most of his career as the Senior Executive with Walt Disney Entertainment and Costuming, said creativity is about more than art, but about developing an atmosphere that enables people to pursue new ideas.
Be sure and watch on Sunday, and if you have a chance, go to the Creativity World Forum - one of the greatest collections of "thought-leaders" ever assembled in our state.
Until next time,
(Pictured above, left to right: Host Dick Pryor, Susan McCalmont, Rich Taylor)
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