By Virginia Bradford, on behalf of the INK staff
The theme of this issue of INK is interesting places at TA.
At INK we try to collect the best artistic talent at Thornton Academy to showcase what we are capable of, and what we can do in four years at Thornton Academy. This school is a place where students can find little places to find themselves in, whether it’s in classes they love, or in little corners near the auditorium, places to explore, and halls to walk down and think about past students and past TA experiences. I feel like it’s important to find someplace to latch onto, a corner where you feel most creative and curious.
Last week, INK got to go up above the library in the former bleachers in the former gym. We got to see our workspace from a whole new angle and have some idea of what a student watching a game fifty years ago might have seen here, right in the exact spot where we were standing. Because we went up there as a group, I’ll probably think of INK the next time I’m standing above the library looking at everything.
There are plenty of places at TA where I have found memories— the staircase next to the dance studio where I like to walk up the rickety stairs and imagine I’m in a tower, the catwalk above the auditorium because I love a good view and a good scare from being so high up, the attic in the Latin Building where I spent a morning cleaning up Cinderella’s Closet, the observatory where I saw blurry stars through a telescope one night during my junior year.
Lauren Levesque, one of our advisors, says her favorite spot is the corner of the library behind the movies, where there are meetings sometimes. Grace and Izzy, two INK members, like a spot near the auditorium that they claimed when nobody wanted to stand there in the morning. I’ve seen artists put up their own personal signs in the hallway to mark a place they like to work, and musicians who always play the piano in the music room after school ends, so you can faintly hear music from “The Office” or something more elaborate and pretty, if you listen close enough.
Take a look at what this issue has to offer, like the hidden graveyard photo-- the "modern gates to Hades"-- by Ona Jurkeviciute, the summer haven that is so important to Alison Violette, and all the places at TA that made these TA writers, artists, and musicians who they are today.
The Well is a written and visual commentary that focuses on reviews of the arts at Thornton Academy and the greater community. With the help of Ink's publication staff, The Well exists to both inform the readers about our arts and literature events, but to also collect the ideas and opinions of the students it is meant to enlighten.