Monthly Archives: December 2013



“I saw kids use art to cry out against the school budget cuts.”

Just a few short months ago, Philadelphia was astounded by the chants of its youth as they rallied for equity in education.

Children as young as 6 years old marched alongside cardboard warriors they had crafted with their own hands and expressed the hopes that Spiral Q helped them envision for their own futures.

They showed Philadelphia that children from its urban communities have conviction, confidence, and courage. They can be strong advocates for themselves and their communities, showing city council members that they deserve better. When others believe in them, they believe in themselves.

Parents called to thank Spiral Q for believing in their children and helping them animate their own beliefs.

“I’ve never seen my children be so independent, so proud and articulate. They were clearly empowered to speak up for their schools and to represent their community.”

This is just one inspiring example of Spiral Q’s impact, which is deep, broad, long-lasting and extraordinary – and you’re an important part of it. There is no Q without you…

Real change is possible when we come together to support what we believe in.pose_with_puppetThe Q believes:

  • Our public school students deserve art.
  • Our communities need changemakers who know how to support them as they give voice to their convictions.
  • Our transformational approach can help others create the same rippling change in their own cities.
If you believe these things to be true, and I think you do, please contribute today.
Your contribution will help catalyze change for
more than 3,500 people, half of them children.

Your contribution will directly support:

  • Spiral Q’s public school partnership programs by placing a team of artists and organizers in residence in our neighborhood school. Spiral Q provides intensive arts instruction for every student at all grade levels, works closely with faculty, staff and families to invigorate the school climate, and strengthens the fabric of the school and neighborhood communities through the production of festival and parade.womensworldcourt

  • Amplifying students’ visions and voices. Spiral Q helps youth set the stage for their futures through arts and advocacy projects, printmaking, shadow puppetry, and multimedia theater during critical after school hours at schools, recreation centers, and public housing sites throughout the city.
  • Spiral Q performing once again this spring with a leader in the civil rights movement, Singing City, founded as an integrated choir in 1948 on the belief that differences between races, religions, and cultures could be bridged by ordinary people coming together in shared activities.
  • Intensive hands-on leadership training for 20 emerging community arts changemakers in high schools and colleges throughout the Philadelphia area.phood_parade13

  • Peoplehood, Philadelphia’s most beloved pageant, which parades the joy of justice through West Philadelphia and University City each fall.
  • Our Arts Emergency Response System, with space, supplies and sass so communities can rally for stronger schools, safer streets, environmental advocacy, and good jobs for everyone. No one else funds this work. The resource is only available when people like you show their support.
With joy and justice,Tracy Broyles
Executive Director


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December 20, 2013 · 3:54 pm

Make #GivingTuesday, #GivingQsDay

Make #GivingTuesday, #GivingQsDay

Give to build equality.
Give to cultivate courage in creativity.
Give to generate justice.
Give to Spiral Q today.

Build strong, creative communities where residents rally against discrimination and oppression and use art to share their vision for social justice.

Your donation will support award-winning arts education, bring communities together to create multidisciplinary public art, produce celebratory community-wide parades, and help change-makers make change.



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December 3, 2013 · 3:43 pm

PEOPLEHOOD together to gather

SpiralQ_backA beautiful day in the Peoplehood

This Sunday marked another magnificent Peoplehood Celebration. A parade of people and puppets marched from the Paul Robeson House to Clark Park followed by a participatory giant puppet pageant in the dog bowl,
reaffirming many times over the power of what happens when we come together.

See some photos of this year’s Peoplehood

Share your Peoplehood
Email if you have any photos of the day that you’d like to share with us.

If you’d like to share what Peoplehood means to you, you can send your story, comments, or pictures to Spiral Q’s community blog.


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December 3, 2013 · 3:34 pm

PEOPLEHOOD together we RISE – Nov 3 2013

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Sunday November 3rd at 12-3pm

12PM Parade line up – Paul Robeson House, 50th & Walnut)
1PM   Parade Step Off – click here for map of the route
2PM(ish) A Tiny Giant Puppet Pageant – at Clark Park, 45th & Chester

PEOPLEHOOD is Spiral Q’s annual artistic response to the times. It is our joyful and festive demonstration that we as people can come together, grapple with the issues of the day, and respond meaningfully in the streets.

Bring your friends, family, and neighbors and join us for the 14th annual Peoplehood!
JUMP on in! Everyone is always welcome, whenever and wherever you jump in. So just show up, if is two or twenty of you.

IF you would like to be a part of this year’s PARADE and walk with us, please arrive at the Paul Robeson House (50th and Walnut) at noon so we can kick off the parade on time at 1PM. The parade will wind its way through West Philly and end at Clark Park (45th and Chester) where the PAGEANT will begin around 2PM.

We have plenty of puppets and flags for folks to carry. Or if you’re the quieter type, you can help other groups with theirs or be a parade marshal.

Audiences are great too! (Though we do confess, we love to recruit a few of you to join in the fun on the field.) So bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy a tiny giant puppet pageant fueled with love and creativity.

Happy Peoplehood! See you there!
Email if you want to let us know you are coming or if you still have questions!

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December 3, 2013 · 3:31 pm