by Lydia Seaman
Folio, WHS’ literary magazine, has expanded from its annual print magazine to also include a multimedia blog that will feature various art forms found in the school community.
The new blog will now include audio and video content, as well as the usual content such as drawings, paintings, photographs and writing, according to senior Folio member Alexa Derman.
The blog will also publish articles on current and former artists from WHS.
Said Folio Adviser Mr. Peter Horn: “[We] realized we were no longer just a print culture anymore, so we want to think about an online presence that’s appropriate for our audience…. We are really trying to listen to our consumers.”
The new internet addition allows more artists to showcase their work.
According to Derman, the Folio staff felt that “[Folio] should provide more of a venue for work like film and photography that we currently have no way of featuring.”
“We should also provide opportunities for all [artists] in the school, regardless of if their work is accepted into the yearly print magazine,” added Derman.
Said Horn: “So far, [the website] has been able to remind people that art is for everybody and can be made by anybody.”
Prior to the creation of the new blog, Folio did have a website, but according to senior Folio Web Manager Rebecca Trickey, the original website was inconsistently updated and difficult to manage.
“We’ve decided to totally redo the website and increase our internet presence... to build a robust, supportive artistic community in the high school,” said Trickey.
The multiple coffeehouses held during the year are another major component of Folio. To incorporate the coffeehouses into the new internet presence, Folio has set up a Youtube channel. The account features videos of acts that were originally performed live at coffeehouses, according to Trickey.In recent years, performances at coffeehouses have included bands, solos, performance art, comedy and magic acts.
Said Horn, “After seeing the various acts performed at coffeehouses, we realized we could feature the original songs and acts being performed on stage and put them online.”
“Folio is a really cool program,” said junior Folio member Andrew Kuznetsov. “Hopefully, with the new blog, we will be able to stir some interest and get other students to feel the same way.”
For more about Folio and information on how to submit to the magazine or website, visit westfieldfolio.com.