Monthly Archives: September 2012

From Big to Small the Q & Peoplehood This Fall

We may be known for going BIG, but for right now we’re going small.

A lot has changed this year at Spiral Q. Most notably we are operating with a very small core staff and we’ve made a huge move to a smaller West Philly warehouse. These changes have required us to reassess our capacity in many ways and encouraged us to figure out how to be the best lean, mean, fighting, puppet machine we can be…fighting injustice that is.

As we approach the season of one of OUR favorite holidays, Peoplehood, we’ve made some tough decisions for the health of the organization. We’ve been working beyond our capacity for years, responding to our communities’ demands, fueled by ingenuity, will, the love of a parade, and your support of course. In order to ensure the Q is here to support our communities for the long haul, we need to take a step back, take a close look at our capacity, and work within our means.

So on Sunday October 21st, in honor of Peoplehoods past and future, we’re having a small(er) gathering at Clark Park from 1 to 4PM. If Peoplehood is or has been important to you we hope that you can come celebrate this day in a different way. Pack a picnic to share with friends, bring a costume or flag for a small procession in the park and stay to watch the tiniest giant puppet pageant we’ve ever made. That’s right, no parade, no community workshops in the park, no huge giant puppet pageant, no festival in the bowl but a different kind of observance of a day we love so much.

We are however busy at work with youth in after school programs, making giant puppets with the folks at Girard Medical Center, supporting activists, and building a stronger foundation so that we have a long future ahead of us. We’ll send a fall newsletter out soon so that you can see everything that’s happening…

As we assess our priorities and plan for the future it is so important to us to hear what you believe are Spiral Q’s most essential contributions to the artistic, cultural, civic and social vitality of our communities. As we consider how to prioritize which of all the wonderful and important things we can do together, please join the voices on our Cardboard to Courage Tumblr and share What Your Spiral Q Stands For or just drop us a line at

Take a look at what others have had to say, come to the Peoplehood gathering, continue to be part of our community. Make a gift today and help to spread creativity, joy, can-do attitudes, and the courage to act on our convictions.


Solidarity and puppet love,

Tracy and Liza

Note on Communication:
Spiral Q communicates most frequently through Facebook. If you’re a fan of Spiral Q on Facebook, check to make sure we show up in your feed. Simply go to our page and hover your mouse over the “like” button. A dropdown menu will appear and you can make sure that “show in news feed” is checked.  And of course if you haven’t “liked” us yet do so today.

(Embarrassing moments…The Q wasn’t even showing up in SQ Executive Director, Tracy’s newsfeed! Mystifying…)


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