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Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors

Who are the Creativity Ambassadors?

Creativity Ambassadors serve as exemplars of creativity and innovation representing the State of Oklahoma to help further Creative Oklahoma’s mission to develop, promote and celebrate Oklahoma’s creativity and innovation in education, commerce and culture.

Photo above: The Gathering Place
Tulsa's Gathering Place was awarded the 2019 Susan McCalmont Creativity Award.

About the Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors

Creativity Ambassadors are Oklahomans of a range of disciplines appointed by the Governor and Creative Oklahoma in recognition of their national and international creative and innovative contributions to their discipline. The Ambassadors receive the Creativity Ambassador title and medallion from the Governor in a gala ceremony sometimes associated with the State of Creativity Forum.

Ambassadors have agreed to serve as representatives of the State of Oklahoma to further Creative Oklahoma’s mission to develop, promote and celebrate Oklahoma’s creativity and innovation in education, commerce and culture. Ambassadors also share their ideas on creativity and innovation helping to advance “The State of Creativity” in Oklahoma. Their contributions include public service announcements, performances, speaking opportunities, and sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Oklahoma is indeed fortunate to have so many accomplished individuals throughout the world making creative contributions in fields from aerospace to music. We are honored that these Oklahomans give their time and talent to make a difference and are committed to advancing creativity and innovation in Oklahoma and wherever they may be.

Chip Fudge
Chip Fudge
2019 Creativity Ambassador
Real estate visionary
Dr. Paul Silverstein
Dr. Paul Silverstein
2019 Creativity Ambassador
Surgical innovator for burn victims.
Gathering Place
Gathering Place
2019 Creativity Award
For 66.5-acre park named Best New Attraction by USA Today's Readers' Choice Competition Creativity Award.
James Austin Kerr
James Austin Kerr
2019 Young Creativity Ambassador
Actor, writer, producer
Ken Fergeson
Ken Fergeson
2019 Creativity Ambassador
Nationally recognized advocate for arts and arts education.
Mike Larsen
Mike Larsen
2019 Creativity Ambassador
Contemporary Native American artist and sculptor.
Rob Lake
Rob Lake
2019 Creativity Ambassador
International grand illusionist.
Susan McCalmont
Susan McCalmont
2019 Creativity Ambassador
Lifetime innovation & creativity champion.
B.J. Thomas
B.J. Thomas
2018 Creativity Ambassador
Music
Darci Lynn
Darci Lynn
2018 Young Creativity Ambassador
Ventriloquist
Don Betz
Don Betz
2018 Creativity Ambassador
Education
Enoch Kelly Haney
Enoch Kelly Haney
2018 Creativity Ambassador
Arts & Politics
Lou Kerr
Lou Kerr
2018 Creativity Ambassador
Philanthropy & Community Development
Richard L. Sias
Richard L. Sias
2018 Creativity Ambassador
Philanthropy & Arts
Stephen Prescott
Stephen Prescott
2018 Creativity Ambassador
Medical Research
Wade Scaramucci
Wade Scaramucci
2018 Creativity Ambassador
Architecture
Annie Funke
Annie Funke
2017 Young Creativity Ambassador
Broadway & Television Actress.
Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton
2017 Creativity Ambassador
Country Music Superstar.
Chris Harrison
Chris Harrison
2017 Creativity Ambassador
Television Host.
Gary Batton
Gary Batton
2017 Creativity Ambassador
Chief of the Choctaw Nation.
Harvey Pratt
Harvey Pratt
2017 Creativity Ambassador
Forensic Artist.
Rick Bayless
Rick Bayless
2017 Creativity Ambassador
Chef, Restaurateur & Author.
Robert A. Hefner, III
Robert A. Hefner, III
2017 Creativity Ambassador
Petroleum Geologist, Author & Philanthropist.
Sam Presti
Sam Presti
2017 Creativity Ambassador
General Manager of the NBA Thunder.
Bill Anoatubby
Bill Anoatubby
2016 Creativity Ambassador
Governor of the Chickasaw Nation.
J. Michael Prince
J. Michael Prince
2016 Creativity Ambassador
President, COO & Board member at Cole Haan.
Ken Parker
Ken Parker
2016 Creativity Ambassador
Co-Founder & CEO, NextThought.
Pete Delaney
Pete Delaney
2016 Creativity Ambassador
Retired Chairman & CEO, OGE Energy Corp.
Toby Keith
Toby Keith
2016 Creativity Ambassador
World-Renowned Singer/Songwriter.
Jeanette Elliott
Jeanette Elliott
2015 Creativity Ambassador
EVP/Creative Director, Ackerman McQueen.
Joseph Thompson
Joseph Thompson
2015 Creativity Ambassador
Founding Director, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Lance McDaniel
Lance McDaniel
2015 Creativity Ambassador
Executive Director, deadCENTER Film Festival.
Mike Knopp
Mike Knopp
2015 Creativity Ambassador
Executive Director, Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation.
Rand Elliott
Rand Elliott
2015 Creativity Ambassador
FAIA President, Elliott + Associates Architects.
Roger Webb
Roger Webb
2015 Creativity Ambassador
UCO's 19th President.
Bobby Nelson
Bobby Nelson
2013 Creativity Ambassador
Vice President and CFO, Sprinkles Cupcakes.
Brad Moore
Brad Moore
2013 Creativity Ambassador
President, Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions.
Charles Nelson, II
Charles Nelson, II
2013 Creativity Ambassador
Co-Founder, Sprinkles Cupcakes.
Garman Kimmell
Garman Kimmell
2013 Creativity Ambassador
Founder, President, Chief Developer, Kimray, Inc.
Hans E. Butzer
Hans E. Butzer
2013 Creativity Ambassador
AIA, LEED AP and the S-X-L team for designing the Oklahoma City SkyDance Bridge.
John Fullbright
John Fullbright
2013 Young Creativity Ambassador
Singer/Songwriter.
Lee Alan Smith
Lee Alan Smith
2013 Creativity Ambassador
Chairman, Oklahoma Events, LLC.
Rich Taylor
Rich Taylor
2013 Creativity Ambassador
Emmy award-winning producer, past vice president of Disney Entertainment and Costuming, current Dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts.
Desmond Mason
Desmond Mason
2012 Creativity Ambassador
Artist and retired NBA athlete.
Jane Jayroe Gamble
Jane Jayroe Gamble
2012 Creativity Ambassador
Author, television personality, and 1967 Miss America.
Jesse Tabish
Jesse Tabish
2012 Creativity Ambassador
Lead vocalist for the new-wave orchestra band Other Lives.
Sir Ken Robinson
Sir Ken Robinson
2012 Creativity Ambassador
President, Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions.
Allan Vest
Allan Vest
2010 Creativity Ambassador
Composer, producer, and creative force behind the orchestral pop band, Starlight Mints.
Benjamin Harjo, Jr.
Benjamin Harjo, Jr.
2010 Creativity Ambassador
Leading American Indian visual artist, Seminole-Shawnee tribe; 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, NAASA.
Byron Berline
Byron Berline
2010 Creativity Ambassador
Three-time National Fiddle Champion and session musician with The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson and others.
David Boren
David Boren
2010 Creativity Ambassador
President, University of Oklahoma.
Dayna Dunbar
Dayna Dunbar
2010 Creativity Ambassador
Author/Motivational Speaker.
Dick Lowry
Dick Lowry
2010 Creativity Ambassador
Director, NYPD Blue, Crossing Jordan and director and/or producer of 60+ movies and mini-series for network and cable television including several Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.
Erik Logan
Erik Logan
2010 Creativity Ambassador
President, Harpo Productions and board member, The Oprah Winfrey Network.
Graham Colton
Graham Colton
2010 Creativity Ambassador
American pop singer-songwriter with his hit song “Best Days” appearing on American Idol and Kyle XY.
Hanson
Hanson
2010 Creativity Ambassador
Three brothers, Isaac, Taylor and Zac, natives of Tulsa; launched their own independent record company in 2003, 3CG Records, with millions of records sold.
Jimmy Webb
Jimmy Webb
2010 Creativity Ambassador
Composer and musician and only artist to receive Grammys for music, lyrics, and orchestration; chairman, Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Junie Lowry-Johnson
Junie Lowry-Johnson
2010 Creativity Ambassador
Emmy award-winning casting director.
Kyle Dillingham
Kyle Dillingham
2010 Creativity Ambassador
The Ambassador in Residence for the University of Central Oklahoma, also the Ambassador for the Oklahoma City University and for the University’s Centre for Global Competency.
Mike Wimmer
Mike Wimmer
2010 Creativity Ambassador
Illustrator and painter with 23 works of Oklahoma history on display at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
Sandi Patty
Sandi Patty
2010 Creativity Ambassador
Christian artist receiving 39 Dove awards and five Grammys and Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee.
Suzy Amis-Cameron
Suzy Amis-Cameron
2010 Creativity Ambassador
Founder, MUSE School and former actress, Titanic, Twister, and The Usual Suspects.
Wanda Jackson
Wanda Jackson
2010 Creativity Ambassador
Country and rockabilly musician and 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
Wayne Coyne
Wayne Coyne
2010 Creativity Ambassador
Grammy Award-winning rock musician, singer, guitarist, and songwriter for The Flaming Lips.
Bart Conner
Bart Conner
2008 Creativity Ambassador
Olympian, CEO, Perfect 10 Productions.
Ben May
Ben May
2008 Creativity Ambassador
Business Development Director, Epcot, Walt Disney World.
Chad Burris
Chad Burris
2008 Creativity Ambassador
Movie producer, Oklahoma Territory Film Council President and Director of Yuwita, a non-profit organization.
Dr. Jordan Tang
Dr. Jordan Tang
2008 Creativity Ambassador
Medical researcher, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, discovered an important key in Alzheimer’s disease treatment.
Elvin Bishop
Elvin Bishop
2008 Creativity Ambassador
Blues, rock and roll recording artist.
Gray Frederickson
Gray Frederickson
2008 Creativity Ambassador
Oscar-winning movie producer – The Godfather, Part II and Apocalypse Now.
Hunt Lowry
Hunt Lowry
2008 Creativity Ambassador
Film Producer – A Walk to Remember, Last of the Mohicans and A Time to Kill.
Jerod Tate
Jerod Tate
2008 Creativity Ambassador
Composer and award-winning Native American musician, Chickasaw.
John Herrington
John Herrington
2008 Creativity Ambassador
Former NASA astronaut & US Naval Commander; First Native American in Space.
Lee Cockerell
Lee Cockerell
2008 Creativity Ambassador
Retired former Executive Vice President of Operations, Walt Disney World Resort and board of trustees member, the Culinary Institute of America.
Leona Mitchell
Leona Mitchell
2008 Creativity Ambassador
Grammy Award-winning soprano, Leona Mitchell has emerged as one of America’s most beloved and celebrated sopranos.
Mat Hoffman
Mat Hoffman
2008 Creativity Ambassador
Six time X-Games medalist winner and 2002 ESPN Action Sports Lifetime Achievement Award.
Michael Wallis
Michael Wallis
2008 Creativity Ambassador
Award-winning Reporter and Best-selling Author – Route 66: the Mother Road, Oil Man the Story of Frank Phillips & The Birth of Phillips Petroleum.
Nadia Comaneci
Nadia Comaneci
2008 Creativity Ambassador
Nine-time Olympic gold medalist; founder, International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
Sterlin Harjo
Sterlin Harjo
2008 Creativity Ambassador
Film maker, script writer & director – Goodnight Irene & Four Sheets to the Wind.
Thomas Stafford
Thomas Stafford
2008 Creativity Ambassador
NASA astronaut and Commander, Apollo 10; Retired, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General.
Toby Keith
Toby Keith
2008 Creativity Ambassador
Country musician and actor receiving four AMA Awards, five Billboard awards and two CMA awards; named 2004 Oklahoman of the Year.

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