Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) presented the 2015 Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards at the CCI Summit luncheon in Ft Collins on Friday, April 24th.
The winners are JESSICA COONEY OF GREELEY, Don Richmond of Alamosa, and Lissette Riviere of Montrose.
The Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards honor Coloradans who have demonstrated a significant commitment to the state’s creative landscape through civic leadership and volunteerism including advocacy, vision, collaboration or innovation.
Cooney was nominated in the arts and social change category for her work as director of El Teatro, a multilingual, multicultural theatre program that helps new and growing refugee and immigrant populations assimilate in Northern Colorado. Her nomination was submitted by Becky Safarik on behalf of the Greeley Creative District Board.
Eighty-five percent of working professionals agree that creative thinking is critical for problem-solving in their career, and 71 percent say creative thinking should be taught as a course, like math and science.