Category Archives: Education

Explore the Past, Present, and Future with our Upcoming Poster Exhibition

Acting on the Courage of our Convictions

a Spiral Q print and stencil retrospective

Opening Friday June 6th – at 6-8PM
at The Last Drop – 1300 Pine St.

Print and stenciling have been essential tools in the artist activist’s toolkit throughout history. This spring Spiral Q is working with teenagers from Philadelphia Student Union and Girls Rock Philly, to remix imagery from historical political posters to bring their own personal and political convictions to life. Posters created in these workshops will be on display along with a collection of works from throughout Spiral Q’s history.


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Join us for Another Triumphant Puppet Parade

The Powel School Parade

Friday May 30th – at 1:30PM
Steps off at 36th and Pearl St.








This Spring we are proud to continue our relationship with the Powel School, offering another series of in-depth, long term artist-in-classroom residencies. Join us on May 30th at 1:30 PM, as our students will once again present a parade, sharing their new artwork with courage, confidence and pride. A monument to the strength and resilience of our schools this past year in this triumphant parade.

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Unpacking Equity & Connected Learning #PHL

Wednesday May 7th – 6-8PM
at Impact Hub Philly – 1227 N. 4th St.

Join us for Spiral Q’s second salon of the season as co-curators Tracy Broyles of Spiral Q, Laura Deutch of Philly Youth Media Collaborative and Christina Cantrill of the National Writing Project host a conversation about equity and connected learning. What does it looks like, where and how is it happening in Philadelphia and what ethical or equity considerations should we consider as this movement grows?

Guests include: Chris Rogers, Philadelphia As Classroom; Dan Schimmel, STEAMworkPHILLY; Erika Owens, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews; Kira Baker-Doyle, Arcadia University School of Ed Connected Learning Certificate, Meenoo Rami, Science Leadership Academy and YOU!

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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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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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SPARQing Youth Creativity, Resourcefulness, and Collaboration

warrior_poseWe are thrilled to be continuing our work SPARQing schools and youth leaders this spring. Spiral Q will be bringing the spirit creation and collaboration to Powel Elementary with 10 in-depth artist residencies lasting the entire spring and working with 300 students in grades K-4. On top of that, we’ll be working out of school at several sites throughout the city including Cleveland Elementary School, Edison High School, and McVeigh Recreation Center.

As with all our programming, we aim to inspire leadership and to have our impact extend beyond class time by inspiring and empowering students.

If you’re interested in bringing Spiral Q to your school (in-school or out), e-mail community(at)

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