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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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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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) for more information.

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