Monthly Archives: May 2013

Powel Art Army goes to City Hall

A part of the Art Army created at residencies with Spiral Q at the Powel School this semester took a trip to City Hall this morning to advocate for arts in their school. Students and teachers met with Jannie Blackwell and presented their artwork (and performed!) and made their case as to why arts are important to their education.




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May 29, 2013 · 3:54 pm

A Powerful Powel School Parade – 5/17/13

Photos by Annie Daley, Ellie Seif, and Christina Cantrill




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Q Awardee profile – El Sawyer


Filmmaker, videographer, editor, and a community and youth media activist: El gets it. A teacher, a light, a leader: as Operations Director and Film Instructor of the Village of Arts and Humanities. El’s commitment to community is unwavering. An artist-activist in every sense, El makes sure folks have the opportunity and skills to speak for themselves. He listens to learn and his integrity of purpose shines through in all that he does. Whether in his classroom or behind the camera, El’s work is driven by a deep and abiding belief in the power of artistic expression to advance self-determination. His practice supports individuals’ capacity to write their lives even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances. El shows us all how its done—community for El is always the subject, never the object. He puts people in the drivers seat to ask hard questions about hard things and write and right the future. El’s generosity, skill, intelligence, and commitment shine a light on the path ahead and call us all to renew our unflagging commitment to justice and the hard work it demands.

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May 7, 2013 · 6:41 pm

Announcing Spiral Q’s Annual Arts and Activism Awards Show


Announcing Spiral Q’s Annual Arts & Activism Award Show!

Spiral Q and celebrity hosts
Tracy Broyles, Michelle Ortiz, Michael Norris and Valerie Gae
welcome you to join on us on this momentous occasion

Come celebrate these remarkable artists and organizations for their
courage and creative contributions to making the world a better place.

SATURDAY, MAY 18th, 2013 • 8PM – Midnight
1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia

Early-bird tickets: $65 each.
Tickets & Sponsorship Opportunities here (

Join us for this star studded evening
with Philadelphia’s finest cardboard connoisseurs.
No show like it on earth…
Glitter! Glory! Glamour! Grit! Guts!
Where else in the world can you break out your most fabulous self?
Dance with a drill team, laugh, cry,
and rejoice in the glory of these amazing artists.

The 2013 Q Award Honorees are:
Dito Van Reigersberg                        Zoe Strauss
The Leeway Foundation                     Anna Whitehead
buildOn Philadelphia                         El Sawyer
Philadelphia Folklore Project              Asian Americans United

With guest performances by
The West Powelton Steppers Drill Team and
The Lion Dancers of Cheung’s Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy

RECEPTION & DANCEPARTY with DJ Half-Breed to follow
Savory and sweet treats and open bar

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May 3, 2013 · 5:36 pm