American Spark. A storytelling series. A celebration of the creative spirit. Creativity isn’t limited to a painting or a song, as we learn from these stories. Visit Hansen’s Sno-Bliz in New Orleans and see how Ashley Hansen Springgate has kept alive her family’s famous frozen confection. Meet a San Francisco skateboard maker passionate about up-cycling and connecting with his community. Head to Stanford University where we meet the Mad Scientist of Music. In the Appalachian mountains hear a musical family rooted in old time traditions including the adage that a family that plays together stays together. What fuels the creative spirit? That’s what we’ll explore on American Spark.
The American Spark Project is our new nonprofit musical instrument giveaway. Guitars and keyboards going to young people interested in learning or continuing to learn their instrument. Find out more by clicking here:
ABOUT THE HOST/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
"I love poets," says May-Lily Lee, "I'd be thrilled if someone called me a video poet." Tightening. Redacting. Distilling the essence of a person’s story into a few minutes. May-Lily told stories on Public Television for two decades - you don’t do something that long if you’re not feeling it. Dubbed Virginia's Storyteller, she became Virginia's longest-running statewide Public Broadcasting personality, and along the way picked up dozens of awards including six regional Emmy's. But who's counting?
In late 2014, May-Lily set off on a journey with a new series in mind. She traveled to Seattle and Sacramento, to New Orleans and Atlanta, and on and on as the list of cities and towns grew. A team of producers, shooters and editors grew, too, including a Pulitzer-winning photojournalist. Before they knew it, the team had a series in the making. And while the title went through various iterations, this one stuck: American Spark. What sparks you?