Spiral Q works at the intersection of art, culture and social justice, where we galvanize a vast network of partners and collaborators. Our strategy focuses on two key roles we play at this intersection of creative community-building: PLACE and PRACTICE. These roles propel our values into action in Philadelphia and beyond.
We believe in a concrete theory of social change: “Visible Culture, Visible Community.” By working deeply within our community, we honor the strength of culture, the creativity of our residents and the aesthetic of our place. When we see ourselves and others see us, the link between these assets and change are visible and stronger. When community residents are authentically involved in shaping the future of neighborhoods, they are part of a transformative process: PLACE amplifies voices in a clear and visible way that claims their power, and demands to be heard by civic leaders and policymakers.
Our PRACTICE is the long game. From our very beginning, we’ve seen firsthand how an engaged and iterative approach creates the conditions for transformative cultural and artistic experiences. This approach takes time to cultivate, and great care and experience to facilitate. And the value of it is immeasurable. When community members work toward a common goal from the start, an authentically-rooted process is cultivated that can grow and build toward the future.
OUR VALUES & PRINCIPLES
Foster dialogue. Forge relationships. Respond. Reflect. Share. Shoulder. Compromise.
Safe spaces. Circles. Open practices. Discover. Celebrate. Respect. Participate. Welcome.
Free speech. Right to assemble. Right to be seen and heard. Self-identification. Tell one’s own story. Perseverance.
Think long-term. Resourceful. Reduce. Re-use. Reclaim. Teach to fish. Less can be more. Collective effort. Shared leadership. Social responsibility.
Listen to learn. Each one, teach one. Reflect. Adapt. Innovate. Stretch. You’re never too young to teach. You’re never too old to learn.