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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

From Big to Small the Q & Peoplehood This Fall

We may be known for going BIG, but for right now we’re going small.

A lot has changed this year at Spiral Q. Most notably we are operating with a very small core staff and we’ve made a huge move to a smaller West Philly warehouse. These changes have required us to reassess our capacity in many ways and encouraged us to figure out how to be the best lean, mean, fighting, puppet machine we can be…fighting injustice that is.

As we approach the season of one of OUR favorite holidays, Peoplehood, we’ve made some tough decisions for the health of the organization. We’ve been working beyond our capacity for years, responding to our communities’ demands, fueled by ingenuity, will, the love of a parade, and your support of course. In order to ensure the Q is here to support our communities for the long haul, we need to take a step back, take a close look at our capacity, and work within our means.

So on Sunday October 21st, in honor of Peoplehoods past and future, we’re having a small(er) gathering at Clark Park from 1 to 4PM. If Peoplehood is or has been important to you we hope that you can come celebrate this day in a different way. Pack a picnic to share with friends, bring a costume or flag for a small procession in the park and stay to watch the tiniest giant puppet pageant we’ve ever made. That’s right, no parade, no community workshops in the park, no huge giant puppet pageant, no festival in the bowl but a different kind of observance of a day we love so much.

We are however busy at work with youth in after school programs, making giant puppets with the folks at Girard Medical Center, supporting activists, and building a stronger foundation so that we have a long future ahead of us. We’ll send a fall newsletter out soon so that you can see everything that’s happening…

As we assess our priorities and plan for the future it is so important to us to hear what you believe are Spiral Q’s most essential contributions to the artistic, cultural, civic and social vitality of our communities. As we consider how to prioritize which of all the wonderful and important things we can do together, please join the voices on our Cardboard to Courage Tumblr and share What Your Spiral Q Stands For or just drop us a line at

Take a look at what others have had to say, come to the Peoplehood gathering, continue to be part of our community. Make a gift today and help to spread creativity, joy, can-do attitudes, and the courage to act on our convictions.


Solidarity and puppet love,

Tracy and Liza

Note on Communication:
Spiral Q communicates most frequently through Facebook. If you’re a fan of Spiral Q on Facebook, check to make sure we show up in your feed. Simply go to our page and hover your mouse over the “like” button. A dropdown menu will appear and you can make sure that “show in news feed” is checked.  And of course if you haven’t “liked” us yet do so today.

(Embarrassing moments…The Q wasn’t even showing up in SQ Executive Director, Tracy’s newsfeed! Mystifying…)

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Thank You for Making Peoplehood Amazing!

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Coming out of the post-Peoplehood haze, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of positivity and appreciation for Peoplehood. Many people have expressed their gratitude with kind words, among them, “I left energized!” and “It was the most soul-affirming thing I’ve done in a long time…I actually got kind of choked up at the end!” We are grateful to YOU. Peoplehood is powered by the people, so we thank you for bringing your love, laughter and enthusiasm and making this Peoplehood the best ever! Thousands of people were drawn to the art-making, skill-sharing, and performances in the park, making this the biggest Peoplehood to date.

Times are hard, but unlike other events, you can’t cancel a holiday! With fewer fiscal resources to rely on, we turned instead to our core values of collaboration, inclusion, self-determination, sustainability, and learning, and were inspired to do so much more, even with less.  It took a wealth of creativity and collaboration to bring Peoplehood to life this year. Our core values provided the foundation for seamless partnerships with our presenting partners, the Community Education Center, The Rotunda, and the Paul Robeson House, as well as over fifty local organizations, together capitalizing on our collective resources to make this larger than life vision a reality.

The spirit of Peoplehood – the courage of our communities to act on their convictions – drives everything we do at Spiral Q. Though the holiday is over, we are busy as ever bringing its spirit to communities across the city, and the activists and artists working in the studio bring it here with them every day. We are bringing it to Bache Martin Elementary, where we are working with every student in the school  Your support allows us to inspire other and to continue building strong and equitable communities characterized by creativity, joy, can-do attitudes and the courage to act on their convictions.

As the end of the year approaches, will you help us continue to bring inspiring events to communities around our city? Donate today to keep the spirit of Peoplehood alive in the year to come!
THANK YOU to All of the Participating Groups!
ACT-UP, BuildOn, Education Works, Flat Mary Road, Friends of Clark Park, Girard Medical Center, Granny Peace Brigade, Harris Steppers, Lary Moten of Mosaic Theatre Productions, PLP the Unity, Project H.O.M.E., Project Theater Project Rent School Edition, Ron Wood’s CEC Capeoira class, Urban Tree Connection, New Freedom Theater, West Philadelphia Cooperative School, West Powelton Steppers, Women’s Caucus for Art
…and a very special thanks to our
presenting partners!

Community Education Center
The Paul Robeson House
The Rotunda

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Get Ready for the 12th Annual Peoplehood Parade and Festival!

Join us for the 12th Annual Peoplehood Parade and Festival, presented by Spiral Q Puppet Theater with The Paul Robeson House, the Community Education Center, and the Rotunda. Peoplehood is a celebration of our communities’ creativity, joy, can-do attitudes, and courage to act on their convictins.

Peoplehood will look a little different this year! As everyone is working with more limited resources, we are proud to present a Peoplehood that represents the collective effort of multiple community groups. The parade will be the same as it has been, stepping off from the Robeson House at 1PM and ending in Clark Park. The pageant will be a mashup of moments from Peoplehoods past, so expect to see some old favorites! New to Peoplehood is the Festival, where we are pooling our resources with long standing partners to bring you performances curated by the CEC and the Rotunda, renewable resource stations with art-making, skills-sharing, a resource collection tent, and much much more. Stay tuned for more information!

Get Involved!
Email with any questions.

  1. Come to the Peoplehood Open Studios this Saturday and Sunday, October 1st and 2nd to make parade art  and help us get ready.
  2. Give us a ring to stop by the Q and pick a puppet for your family or friends to walk with in the parade.
  3. Register your group or organization to walk in the parade or be a part of the festival fun.
  4. Volunteer to help with the parade or to run the activities at the Festival in the park.
  5. Join us at the pageant rehearsal on Saturday, Oct. 22nd to learn a part.

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