MANCHESTER - Burr and Burton ceramics teacher Lauren Silver recently hosted artist Leslie Ferst for a four-day workshop with BBA ceramic students. The program is in preparation for a planned Burr and Burton Totem project in the spring of 2014 which will include a contemporary totem installation on the hillside adjacent to the Rowland Center and a school wide celebration. Other BBA department involvement in the project, such as history, music, dance, etc. will make the "unveiling" of the installation a school wide celebration of the arts.

A Totem is an object such as an animal or plant that serves as the emblem of a family, tribe or clan and serves as a reminder of ancestry as well as the spiritual object and these are the key themes the project hopes to explore.

The English department will also include a totem related prompt for a BBA writing assignment which will produce more than 100 personal essays on the topic.

At the conclusion of the school year the Creative Arts Department, in conjunction with several other programs at Burr and Burton, will be presenting the First Creative Arts Expo. Several performance venues will be created around the campus featuring the many different ensembles and activities that are offered at Burr and Burton. Dance, Music, Visual Art, Media Art, Dramatic presentations, Poetry and more will be featured and the Totem project will be an integral part of this exposition and will serve as a thread to tie all performances and presentations together.

This project is funded by a grant from The Elizabeth C. Wilson Fund which was established in 1991 by friend of BBA, Betty Wilson. She wished to provide for the continued effective programming for arts education at Burr and Burton with the goal of increasing exposure to the arts for all Burr and Burton students. The Wilson Fund aims to introduce and encourage an appreciation of and participation in all the arts.