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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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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 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

Fall festivals this weekend and beyond


The 18th Annual Mid-Autumn Festival
Saturday, September 14th, 2013 from 12:45 to 6:00 pm
at the China Friendship Gate at 10th and Arch Streets


2014 Q Awardee, Asian American United’s annual celebration is a testament to the strength, wealth, and self-determination of the Chinatown community. This tradition highlights the power of community organized cultural festivals to bring people together and claim authorship of their lives. Sitting directly at the intersection of arts and activism, the Mid-Autumn Festival has played a pivotal role in affirming and celebrating cultural strength and diversity, strengthening and building community organizing skills across generations, and promoting pride in the Chinese culture and community. Take inspiration from the vitality and vigor of the Chinatown community, who has successfully determined the course of development in its community again and again, challenging the forces of discrimination and oppression, and standing proudly to brings its priorities to life and to light. We’re gonna go! Hope to see you there! More info here

Burlington County Art in the Park
Sunday September 15th from 11am-4PM
At Historic Smithville Park- 803 Smithville Rd, Easthampton, NJ

Celebrate music, theater, fine arts and crafts at this annual event. Join in the fun with Spiral Q as we play with puppets and make masks out of recycled materials, culminating in a puppet parade through the festival at 3pm!

Sunday October 6th 11am-5pm
Clark Park – 44th St. and Chester Ave.Image

Look for Spiral Q and our puppet fun as we prepare for Peoplehood at this free day-long collaborative art project in Clark Park.

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Save the Date – New Date
The Peoplehood Parade

Sunday November 3rd
Paul Robeson House (50th and Walnut) to Clark Park
ImageJoin the parade or find a street side spot to celebrate the 13th Peoplehood Parade! Contact if you’d like to register your group, volunteer, help spread the word, or find out other ways you can get involved. So excited to be marching the streets of West Philly again!
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Meet Quinn Spiral Q
ImageIn an effort to better connect with our friends and allies on a daily basis (and avoid restrictions and low visibility on our page’s content – more info on this phenonmenon here) the Q has introduced Quinn to our social media presence.Search for Quinn Spiralq and friend us today! ❤ ❤ ❤

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September 13, 2013 · 8:38 pm

Education Organizing

Hello friends and allies,
With deep budget cuts and the start date of the Philadelphia public schools in question organizing activity is ramping up. We at the Q wanted to quickly spread the word that while we may be small, Spiral Q is deeply committed to our part in ensuring that all of our young people get a great education. To that end we are eager and able to support you and your community’s efforts to do the same!
So here’s what we are up to and how we can help:
1. Supporting your direct organizing – Making our assets available to you and yours! Puppets, flags, megaphones, and drums. Or we can help supply you with materials to make your own signs and banners  – cardboard, paint, fabric, paintbrushes and more.
Email if you’re looking for this kind of support.
2. Spread the word – Look to Spiral Q’s Facebook and Twitter feeds where we’ll post and re-post info related to these efforts. You can send us the info or you can post it the Q’s timeline to spread word about your efforts.
3. Continue our work in and out of school! – Spiral Q is committed to continuing to bring its award winning education programs to our schools and in our afterschool partnerships. However we must fund this effort and your support is essential to that work. If you’d like to contribute to making that a go, consider donating at the link below.
Coming soon: A report on all the great work from last year and announcements about upcoming programming.
Save the date! – November 3rd Peoplehood Parade.

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Spiral Q in Temple Contemporary’s Restoring Ideals

Spiral Q is so happy to be part of Temple Contemporary’s Restoring Ideals project. The project focuses on organizations thought to be preserving Philadelphia’s founding ideals of equality, tolerance, and independence. Reflecting a year after our big move on what it takes to house our vast collection of puppets and artwork (and keep it living and out in the streets and community!), we’re excited to get the story of the Powel School puppets told in this video and honored at the prospect of getting a historical Q puppet preserved.

Vote for the Q today, spread the word, and check out all the videos profiling organizations doing really good work in Philly. We’re proud to be in the company of so many amazing Spiral Q partners!

Vote here:

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July 18, 2013 · 7:58 pm

Powel Art Army goes to City Hall

A part of the Art Army created at residencies with Spiral Q at the Powel School this semester took a trip to City Hall this morning to advocate for arts in their school. Students and teachers met with Jannie Blackwell and presented their artwork (and performed!) and made their case as to why arts are important to their education.



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May 29, 2013 · 3:54 pm