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Creativity wins state a starring role on PBS
Presenting Bright Sooners.OK, maybe that's not what PBS stands for, but it's what will happen when the television service unveils a documentary series on creativity. Emmy-winning producer David Kennard will lead off his series for the Public Broadcasting Service by shining a spotlight on Oklahoma. Kennard, who lives in California where his company InCA Productions is based, is here to raise money for the film — and accept some funds that were pledged this week. On Monday, the Presbyterian Health Foundation pledged to give $150,000 to Creative Oklahoma Inc. to help fund the documentary. Kennard said he was captivated by the state after visiting a few years ago and seeing how Oklahoma City "reinvented itself.” And the fact that Oklahoma is not a place that many people would think to look for creativity, he said, is what makes it a great place to highlight in his three-part "ReCreating America” series. One focus of Kennard's documentary will be Flower Mound School in Lawton, one of more than 50 Oklahoma A+ Schools that foster creativity. The school has raised student performance and teacher retention in an environment complicated by the social stresses incurred by so many military families, he said. Creativity also can attract artists and businesses, said Jeanie Edney, executive director of Creative Oklahoma Inc., which operates the Oklahoma Creativity Project. "Everyone can be and needs to be creative,” Edney said. "It's a mindset.” Kennard said filming will move forward on the segments as funds are available for the project. The first segment, which will focus wholly on Oklahoma, should be ready in 2009, he said.