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SMART Program with Susan McCalmont, Tommy Yi and Stephanie Coderre Porras
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April 1, 2016

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Oklahoma Creative Communities
2:45-3:45 pm
Sponsored by SMART

Session Description

Communities throughout Oklahoma face many economic and societal issues that need innovative solutions - new approaches to old problems that will lead to improved economic growth and quality of life. People and their ideas are Oklahoma's most important assets and therein is our greatest potential for transformation.

In order for sustainable systemic change in education, commerce, end culture to transpire and for Oklahoma to truly be recognized as the "State of Creativity," individual citizens at the community level must recognize their creative capacities and be willing to put those talents and ideas forward, in collaboration with others, to "re-create" their communities.

Imagine if a group of talented individuals, across all sectors could come together with a commitment to a creative problem solving process. New ideas that have value could be generated and solutions implemented.

Creative Oklahoma, a non-profit organization, in partnership with Metro Public Libraries, the Pioneer Library System, Oklahoma A+ Schools, and Allford, Hall, Monaghan. and Morris Architects, is now in the midst of its new Creative Communities initiative.

Susan McCalmont

Providing innovative leadership at national, state, and local levels, Susan McCalmont has served a variety of nonprofit organizations and public institutions over the last 30 years in Washington, D.C., and the states of Virginia and Oklahoma. With the establishment of Creative Oklahoma in 2006, Susan worked closely with Sir Ken Robinson to develop the organization's societal change strategies and in 2010 organized the Creativity World Forum in Oklahoma City. As founding board member and now as Creative Oklahoma's President, Susan has helped establish the State of Creativity Forum as an annual national networking and educational event and Oklahoma as the only internationally recognized District of Creativity in the US through the Districts of Creativity Network, based in Flanders, Belgium. Susan is also a founder of the National Creativity Network linking a network of 15 creative regions in the US and Canada. Susan earned her Bachelors of Arts at the University of Mary Washington in Art History. She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband and son.

Tommy Yi
Creative Oklahoma board member and Chair of the Creative Communities Committee

Stéphanie Coderre Porras
Marketing and Project Manager, Creative Oklahoma

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