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2017 Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors Announced

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Stéphanie Coderre Porras

Oklahoma City (Jan 17) — Governor Mary Fallin will designate seven prominent Oklahomans as Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors on April 3rd at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City.

The 2017 Ambassador honorees who will be present to receive their awards from Governor Fallin will be Chief Gary Batton, Chief of the Choctaw Nation; Rick Bayless, Chef, Restaurateur & Author; Chris Harrison, Television Host; Robert Hefner III, Petroleum Geologist, Author & Philanthropist; Harvey Pratt, Forensic Artist; and Sam Presti, General Manager of the NBA Thunder team. Annie Funke, Broadway & Television Actress, will receive the 2017 Young Creativity Ambassador award.

“Throughout our history, Oklahoma has grown and prospered because of creative and innovative people,” said Susan McCalmont, President of Creative Oklahoma. “This year’s recipients have made tremendous contributions to our quality of life because of their impact in the fields of education, commerce and culture.”

Creative Oklahoma was founded in 2006 with the goal to develop, promote and celebrate Oklahoma’s creativity and innovation in education, commerce and culture. The Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors Gala promotes and celebrates that mission by honoring the work and contributions of those individuals who are among the state’s most creative leaders. This event also supports programs of Creative Oklahoma including the Oklahoma Creative Communities, Oklahoma Innovation Series and the new Oklahoma Mentoring Program, to advance creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in Oklahoma schools, workplaces, and communities.

Former Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador inductees encompass a wide-ranging list of the state’s creative talent including Toby Keith, Leona Mitchell, Bart Conner, John Herrington and Hanson.

Honorees will receive the designation of Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors from Governor Mary Fallin at the Gala event scheduled for Monday, April 3rd at the Civic Center Music Hall. Tickets and sponsorship information can be found on the Creative Oklahoma website at or by contacting Stéphanie Coderre Porras by email at or by phone at 405.232.5570×7.

Media is invited to attend.

About Creative Oklahoma

Creative Oklahoma is a statewide non-profit organization advancing Oklahoma’s economy through innovation-focused initiatives in education, commerce and culture. The mission is to develop, promote and celebrate Oklahoma’s creativity and innovation in education, commerce and culture. For more information, please visit

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