Community Catalyst Awards

community catalyst award 9.25.15Transition OKC initiated the TOKC Community Catalyst Award in 2013 to recognize unsung heroes in the Oklahoma City community who work collaboratively and inclusively with individuals, organizations and businesses to catalyze more resilient, sustainable and healthy communities.

We commissioned Oklahoma City artists, Tracey and Rick Bewley, Art Fusion Studio, to create the award, a blue-and-green, fused-glass tree rising out of a granite block. An atom is etched in the granite, a representation of catalysts cultivating and nurturing action and change. Blue and green glass beads representing the energy generated by such positive changes are randomly spaced on the atom’s intersecting ovals.

The talented Ms. Bewley created an eloquent symbol of what it means to be a catalyst, and in our definition that’s anyone who makes a significant contribution to initiating, supporting and growing resilience. We believe this describes the outstanding contributions of many unsung heroes in our city and look forward to recognizing the efforts of more catalysts in years to come.


Former Oklahoma City planning director, Russell Claus, recipient of the 2013 Transition OKC Community Catalyst Award


2013 | Russell Claus, former City of Oklahoma City Planning Director

As the visionary behind many of Oklahoma City’s successful advances over the last decade — including the revitalization of Downtown, the Paseo and Plaza Districts, Western Avenue and 23rd Street — Claus also led the development  of PlanOKC, a long-range comprehensive plan with the goal of ensuring a healthy environment, community and economy for Oklahoma City over the next 40 years.




2015 | Elia Woods, CommonWealth Urban Farms

Wood’s vision led her to form a small group of people who began meeting in the fall of 2010 with the common goal of turning vacant lots in central Oklahoma City into food-producing green spaces designed to benefit surrounding neighborhoods. Her inclusive leadership has led many to join in and help develop the urban farm sites, composting systems and educational programming, with the farm sites becoming a centralized gathering space for many in her neighborhood.