Q Artists doing their art thing.

The puppets aren’t the only ones who are busy at Spiral Q! Spiral Q artists are taking their work and spiraling out into the world this Summer.


and her dance/music group Swarm are
performing a new piece at the ICA this June.

Wednesday, June 11th, 6:30PM
at the ICA
More information here.


Guest artist
25th Annual Parade the Circle
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, Ohio


Associate producer
A joint production by Mondo Bizarro and Artspot Productions
Cry You One
International Festival of Arts and Ideas

Sunday, June 15, 7:00pm
New Haven, Connecticut

More information about this acclaimed production here.

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Explore the Past, Present, and Future with our Upcoming Poster Exhibition

Acting on the Courage of our Convictions

a Spiral Q print and stencil retrospective

Opening Friday June 6th – at 6-8PM
at The Last Drop – 1300 Pine St.

Print and stenciling have been essential tools in the artist activist’s toolkit throughout history. This spring Spiral Q is working with teenagers from Philadelphia Student Union and Girls Rock Philly, to remix imagery from historical political posters to bring their own personal and political convictions to life. Posters created in these workshops will be on display along with a collection of works from throughout Spiral Q’s history.

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Join us for Another Triumphant Puppet Parade

The Powel School Parade

Friday May 30th – at 1:30PM
Steps off at 36th and Pearl St.








This Spring we are proud to continue our relationship with the Powel School, offering another series of in-depth, long term artist-in-classroom residencies. Join us on May 30th at 1:30 PM, as our students will once again present a parade, sharing their new artwork with courage, confidence and pride. A monument to the strength and resilience of our schools this past year in this triumphant parade.

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Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine


Spiral Q performs with Singing City Choir
Sunday May 4th – at 3PM
Steps off at 36th and Pearl St.

After nearly ten years in retirement, Leonardo returns for another performance of Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine in collaboration with Singing City as part of their 66th Anniversary Concert Wit and Whimsy. For more information and tickets, go here.

The Spiral Q collection and you!
Leonardo is just one of many puppets from the past two decades who spends his days lounging around our puppet workshop. Show the puppets some love and invite them to your event, or foster a puppet to bring joy and purpose to your office, lobby, or other space. Consult Tracy at community@spiralq.org with questions about puppet fostering and puppet rental opportunities.

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April 27, 2014 · 3:32 pm

Unpacking Equity & Connected Learning #PHL

Wednesday May 7th – 6-8PM
at Impact Hub Philly – 1227 N. 4th St.

Join us for Spiral Q’s second salon of the season as co-curators Tracy Broyles of Spiral Q, Laura Deutch of Philly Youth Media Collaborative and Christina Cantrill of the National Writing Project host a conversation about equity and connected learning. What does it looks like, where and how is it happening in Philadelphia and what ethical or equity considerations should we consider as this movement grows?

Guests include: Chris Rogers, Philadelphia As Classroom; Dan Schimmel, STEAMworkPHILLY; Erika Owens, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews; Kira Baker-Doyle, Arcadia University School of Ed Connected Learning Certificate, Meenoo Rami, Science Leadership Academy and YOU!

RSVP here

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Q-mmunity – Katie Parry in Fleisher Wind Challenge

Spiral Q Artist in the Powel School Project, Katie Parry is one of the three artists
in this Spring’s Fleisher Wind Challenge, opening this Friday. We’re excited to
see her work in tomorrow evening’s opening reception!

Fleisher’s Wind Challenge Opening Reception
Friday March 28th – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m
719 Catharine Street · Philadelphia

Established in 1978, the Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is an annual juried
competition that is committed to enriching and expanding people’s lives through
art. Three Wind Challenge Exhibitions are held from September through May,
featuring the work of exceptional artists living in the Philadelphia region.

Katie Parry sees art as a signpost in a place that cannot be mapped. While the materials and processes she uses depends on the project, there are constants like transparency, light, ephemeral scraps, and hand-drawn images. For the past several years, Parry has been mostly making animations though she is trying to reimagine the miniature worlds she has created as large-scale environments made of light and a weave of many transparent layers.


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Spiral Q presenting at American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies Conference

Spiral Q will be collaborating with Arcadia University School of Education and the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies to host a meeting of scholars and activists focused on exploring the importance of arts in establishing just education. Spiral Q’s Tracy Broyles will facilitate the meeting with the goal of sparking conversation and developing specific strategies to come to together on issues of education.

In the first part, we will look at creating spaces for expressing our voices. What kinds of spaces exist for action and change? How can we work together to find a common voice?

In the second part, we will explore the current status of youth media in our local communities. What is the intersection between educational reform and the goals of youth empowerment?
Not JUST Education: Part 1

Monday, March 31st, 2014 5 PM
Arcadia University – Grey Towers Castle, Mirror Room

Not JUST Education: Part 2

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 7:30 PM
Arcadia University – Commons, Great Room

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