Monthly Archives: February 2014

New to the Q! Upcoming Salons will Provide Space for Community Dialogue

Spiral Q salons will provide a space for everyone in the community to make an inqueery and hold conversations on what is important to each of us. Each salon will highlight the work of Q awardees past and present as well as other local activators.

Part gathering, part discussion, salons are a way for us to gather in a forum where everyone’s voice can be heard. We hope you’ll join us and help make the salons a series of meaningful events. This spring we will be holding salons on April 10th, May 8th, and June 12th. More details on guests and locations to come.

Attend a salon and contribute your voice to the conversation, or take it one step further and help curate a salon. Email Tracy at community(at)spiralq.org for more information.

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What a QLICIOUS Affair!

 

Valerie at QLICIOUS 2014

Valerie Gay delivers a showstopping rendition of SONG SHE SANG.


Thank you to everyone who helped to make 2014’s QLICIOUS Qarnival and Q Awards a big success. Nearly 200 passionate supporters gathered through the cold winter weather to celebrate with us, demonstrating their passion for art, justice, and equitable communities. After honoring our five awesome awardees, QLICIOUS became a full on celebration. With great games, rockin’ performances, make-your-own-mask stations, and dishes stacked high with desserts, QLICIOUS blazed on into the night.

Big thank you to our guests; our volunteers, artists, and performers, board and staff–
Peter Appelbaum, Emily Belshaw, Jessie Bennett, Megan Bogert, Joanne Buda, Luke Butler, Miles Butler, Niyanna Chamberlin, Brianna Cottrell, Annie Daley, Davia Dally, Else Eaton, Noelle Egan, Kate Farquhar, Sherman Fleming, Diane Foglizzo, Caleb Fortwangler, Angela Francis, Maureen Freeman, Michelle Freeman, Valerie Gay, Joanna Grim, Robin Hernandez, Joshua James Herren, Olivia Hoidra, TJ Hurley, Gretchen Elise Iverson, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Christianne Kapps, Brandon Krakowsky, Noah Levine, Naeemah Maddox, Erixa Mandell, Ric Martino, Maura McKenna, Ky Mettler, Pete Michener, Alan Nielsen, Anam Owili Eger, Caitlin Peck, Jessica Rossi, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Emily Sanchez, Devan Spear, Sean Stoops, Amber Tran, Chloe Tucker, Jennifer Turnbull, Luke Walker, and Julie Woodard,
–and everyone else who contributed, we offer our deepest thanks. We couldn’t have done it without you! See you next year!

Rude Mechanical Orchestra at QLICIOUS 2014

NYC’s Rude Mechanical Orchestra kept the crowd moving.

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QLICIOUS – Awardee Spotlight – El Sawyer

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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 people have the opportunity and skills to speak their truth, address injustice, and put their work on course as they envision the future. 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 art and media to advance self-determination. His practice supports individuals’ capacity to write/right 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. 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. If more of us could take inspiration from his steady course the world would be truly transformed.

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QLICIOUS – Performer Spotlight – Gretchen Elise

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Gretchen Elise is a Philadelphia- based band leader who likes to scheme with Spiral Q to get more arts in Philly schools, through PCCY’s Picasso Project and however possible. Her band and 2 CD recordings offer original home grown grooves with an international twist.

Gretchen Elise (vox)
Naeemah Maddox (vox)
Anam Owili-Eger (vox/keys)
Luke Walker (guit)
Brandon Krakowsky
(bass) Ricardo Martinó (drums)

www.gretchenelise.com @GretchElise

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QLICIOUS – Performer Spotlight – DJ Half-breed

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Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela’s art is based in community and explorations of what it means to transcend definitions and expectations. A Leeway Foundation Transformation Award winner in 2005, Marissa is an artist, writer, educator and DJ. Marissa uses the DJ name, Half-Breed, as a way to reclaim this oft-used slur that was once yelled at her and her brother. Using this name inherently challenges and provokes, also illustrating the ways in which we can all be between definitions. She focuses on collecting and celebrating female MCs, introducing their work to audiences used to listening to male-dominated music. As a DJ, she organizes events where she only plays female MCs to both celebrate their work to address how sidelined, sexualized and tokenized women in hip-hop are. She also works political/ positive hip-hop into her DJing work, as well as mixing in other genres of music with the understanding that what makes hip-hop so great is that it is a remix of what has come before it and the world around it.

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QLICIOUS – Performer Spotlight – The Rude Mechanical Orchestra

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The Rude Mechanical Orchestra is a New York City-based radical marching band. Klezmer, some Balkan and Brazilian notes, plenty of funk, some Latin beats, a little jazz and a Le Tigre cover, all of it served up with a patina of punk. Their mission is to serve the efforts of progressive and radical groups and causes striving to bring joy and inspiration to these communities and to bring new people into radical causes. Internally, they work towards being a safe, welcoming place for all genders and gender identities, ages, races, backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities and musical skill levels. Through their musical selections, they pay tribute to the world’s cultures and the revolutionary role music has played throughout history.
 

http://rudemechanicalorchestra.org/

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QLICIOUS – Performer Spotlight – West Powelton Steppers

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The West Powelton Steppers Drill Team & Drum Line under the direction of Mrs. Elsie Wise (Spiral Q Commitment to Community Award – 2012) was established in 1991. It’s to no ones surprise that when West Powelton hits the floor the excitement starts, no matter if it’s New York City, Las Vegas, Virginia or South Carolina each performance is always better than the last. Their beat is strong with a flavor that cannot be illustrated, with radical foot work and bold body movement unmatched by anyone.

The group has won state, national and world championships and has performed around the country in venues including The Apollo Theater, Universal Studios, The Constitution Center, and is a mainstay in Spiral Q’s annual Peoplehood Parade.

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