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PARTICIPATORY "COMMUNITY TOTEM PROJECT"
- SYRACUSE ARTSWEEK -  JULY 25, 2009
    On display in Clinton Square in Syracuse - Saturday August 1st
    during the "Family Friendzy" festivities

Community Totem Model
Artsweek Community Totem Project Artsweek Community Totem Project
Primed totem at City Hall Commons Saturday morning The fully painted totem at City Hall Commons Detail of the painted community totem
with the Syracuse City Hall in the background
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"Community Totem"  2009 by Peter W. Michel with the help of many children and volunteers.
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The Community Totem is an example of arts creating community. It does this in two ways.   First, the visual metaphor of individuals supporting each other can spark the imagination and consciousness of what is possible: creating the kind of community where each indiviual is supported in thriving and being fully self expressed and each individual in turn contributes to a dynamic, vital, robust, and whole community.    Secondly, the process is also a metaphor - the participation of the children and the setup team is a symbol of the power to accomplish the improbable that becomes available by working together.

The lower part of the primed 22 foot tall wood totem was on display on Friday July 24th near Columbus Circle in Downtown Syracuse as part of the Syracuse Arts and Craft Fest.  On Saturday morning, July 25th, the entire primed totem was set up at the City Hall Commons then taken down and the parts set up like easels which the children then painted.  More photos can be seen on Peter's Picasa website also see slide show preview below.   
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Painting the Community Totem Painting the Community Totem Community Totem Detail Painting the Community Totem Community Totem Detail Painting the Community Totem Painting the Community Totem
clicking on these images will take you to an enlarged view of the photo at the Picasa website where others are available as well.

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Picasa enlarged images & slideshow
Syracuse Artsweek Community Totem




SCHEDULE
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Friday  July 24 10am - 6pm Primed Totem on display Columbus Circle 

Saturday  July 25 9am  -10:30am   Primed Totem on display City Hall Commons

Saturday  July 25 11am - 3pm Children paint the totem City Hall Commons

Saturday     July 25        3:30pm - 6pm       Painted Totem on display      City Hall Commons

Saturday August 1 10am - 6pm Painted Totem on display Clinton Square
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Many thanks to the Rosamond Gifford Foundation for its generous support of this project.
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The Community Totem Project for Artsweek was inspired by a participatory totem project completed in Houston during the International Year of the Child.   It was painted on an afternoon at Houston's Miller Outdoor Theater by 116 children. (photos below)
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 joy joy Children painting the Totem in Houston Children painting the totem in Houston Joy joy Joy of the Child j
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For details of other activities during Artsweek see the websites of
The Connective Corridor or
The Downtown Committee of Syracuse
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2009 by Peter W. Michel                Posted  07-16-2009   updated  4-25-13
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 Peter W. Michel, sculptor  185 Brookside Lane Fayetteville, NY 13066  315-632-4780 peter@petermichel.com