Susan McCalmont, founding board member and current president of Creative Oklahoma, Inc., will be the featured speaker during the YorkArts’ Creative York Awards on October 24, 2014 at LSC Design in downtown York.
Creative Oklahoma is a statewide non-profit organization advancing Oklahoma’s creative economy through creativity and innovation based initiatives in education, commerce and culture. Since its inception in 2006, Creative Oklahoma has developed specific programs and services to further the understanding of the urgent need for creativity and innovation in the state to drive Oklahoma’s economic growth and improve life quality for its citizens.
Susan Shaw McCalmont has 30 years experience as an executive leader of several non-profit cultural, economic development, and philanthropic organizations in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Oklahoma. Under her collaborative, pro-active leadership, educational and community-based initiatives have been developed with long-term impact. She has led major coalitions and managed multi-sector events in creativity, arts and culture, arts education, historic preservation, spirituality, and economic sectors. Known for her commitment to societal change and passion for every individual’s discovery of their creative center, Susan has been a driving force for the establishment of the National Creativity Network, Creative Oklahoma, DaVinci Institute and Oklahoma A+ Schools. She was the recipient of the inaugural Sir Ken Robinson Creativity Leadership Award presented by the National Creativity Network in 2013.
Susan’s remarks during the awards ceremony will address what it means to be a creative region, and the importance of creativity as a driver of economic success and quality of life. The awards ceremony begins at 7:30 pm. A limited number of table seats are available for purchase to attend the awards ceremony and the Art in Motion After Party. Tickets for bleacher seating and the after party are also available.