Monthly Archives: March 2014

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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Project Arts’ Avenue Q: School Edition Opens Tonight!

avenueQSpiral Q is proud to support Project Arts as they continue their mission of providing local teens with educational theater experiences with their upcoming production of Avenue Q: School Edition.

Avenue Q: School Edition will take place March 21st – March 30th at The Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street).

To purchase tickets, go here. For more information on Project Arts, visit their website.

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SWARM at Dahlak

swarmSpiral Q’s Jennifer Turnbull will be performing with SWARM at Dahlak tonight as part of the Philly Film Co-op’s Punk Phunk ‘n Philm.
Check it out!

Punk Phunk ‘n Philm featuring DJ DuiJi and SWARM
Suggested Donation $5
4708 Baltimore Avenue

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Unpacking Equality in Arts and Culture: A Spiral Q Conversation with the Leeway Foundation, Michael Norris, and the Philadelphia Folklore Project

Three of this year’s Spiral Q Honorees will have an open conversation about improving equality in the arts and what it means to broaden access to resources for both the artist and audience. Each honoree will share what they’ve done to even the playing field and support historically marginalized communities. This is a space to dream, name your vision, and imagine a more culturally inclusive landscape.

Thursday, April 10 | 6:00PM
at The Leeway Foundation
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832

Let us know you’re coming

This is the first in a series of Spiral Q salons debuting this spring. Stay tuned for more details on future salons coming your way on May 8th and June 12th.

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) for more information.

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Thanks for Your Votes!

Last night at the Philly DoGooder Awards, suspense was in the air. Spiral Q’s Tracy and Liza attended dressed in their finest for this “fancy” affair. After navigating through the red carpet, photo stations, and video interviews, they chatted with a room full of exciting leaders in our community including former Spiral Q board member Meg Wise, executive Director of Smith Memorial Playhouse, and current Spiral Q board member Joshua Herren. It was especially exciting to be at an event with a strong and dynamic youth leadership presence.

Later in the evening, Spiral Q was thrilled to be recognized with a DoGooder Community Impact Award. We want to give a big shoutout to everyone who voted for us and helped us along this journey. We also want to give a shoutout to the great videos that we saw. It just goes to show what a great opportunity it is to tell your story well.

Community Impact Award

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Spread Spiral Q Joy with Puppet Fostering Program

Feature a puppet in your office or other open space, and help share their story with the world.

At Spiral Q, each puppet has a story. Take Esther. Before she was a foster puppet, Esther marched loud and proud in the first ever Philly Dyke March. (She loves marching in parades and has featured in many parades since!) Now, she is returning home from a two month foster stay at Painted Bride Arts Center and is already looking for her marching shoes.

These limited engagements help these puppets continue to make a difference while bringing color and life to your world. (And they’re dying for a chance to stretch their legs).

We house puppets and artwork of all shapes and sizes, both freestanding and hang-able. With thousands of pieces of artwork in our collection dating back nearly two decades, there is guaranteed to be a puppet perfect for your space and your organization.

Contact Tracy at community(at) and find out which puppet is right for you.

Esther on loan

Esther enjoying her time in the spotlight at Painted Bride Arts Center.

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