The Oklahoma Creative Communities project is a new initiative by Creative Oklahoma. 8 communities have been selected to participate in the project which will foster solutions to local problems that enhance creativity and quality of life. The project began March 18-19 with a retreat for 60 creative leaders from the 8 selected communities: Altus, Durant, Enid, Guthrie, Locust Grove, Okmulgee, Ponca City, and Tahlequah.

IQC Interim Director Shane Hampton participated in the retreat and spoke to the group about addressing community goals by starting with lighter, quicker, cheaper solutions.

Additionally, keynote speaker Duane Wilson of the University of Notre Dame spoke about creative problem solving. Lunch keynote Dave Evans discussed community leadership. Adam Lanman of AHMM Architects delivered a workshop on placemaking. Tim Rogers, director of the Metropolitan Library System, spoke about the importance of libraries and their changing role in creative communities. Rosalyn Wade, program director of Oklahoma A+ Schools, provided a fun workshop on understanding multiple intelligences.

Here’s a recap of the event told through attendees’ tweets and Instagram posts. We can’t wait to see how these 8 communities address their goals through this program over the next few years.

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Hard at work with Adam Lanman’s Power’s of 10 Placemaking exercise ! #occ2016 #occretreat #funtimes #creativity #innovation

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Our Altus community hard at work doing Rosalynn Wade’s #creative activity ! #occ2016 #occretreat #aplusschool

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Shane Hampton #inspiring our guests into building quality communities ! 🏡 #occ2016 #occretreat #qualitiycommunities

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