BUILDING THE SPARQS
SPARQ (in Schools) is Spiral Q’s school-based creative work that builds – with students, teachers, school staff, principals – powerful, creative and dynamic learning environments from the inside out. For the 2016-2017 school-year, Spiral Q’s team of artists have taken up residence in 3 public elementary and middle schools in West Philadelphia, where we work with students in grades K-8. Students in the 5th or 6th grade at each school engage in a deep residency with an artist during their regular school day for an entire semester learning the ins and outs of art-making and risk-taking. Their work culminates in a vibrant school parade around the neighborhood. Our partner schools are Blankenburg Elementary School, Locke Elementary School, and Middle Years Alternative School.
Middle Years Alternative
THE COMPONENTS OF SPARQ (in Schools)
IGNITION PROGRAMSIgnition programs take place at each school with students in all grade levels, and can include assemblies, performances, workshops and our “Pulse of the People” listening and activity sessions.
Artist-led, in-school, sequential, project-based learning is carried out over 16-20 weeks with students in either the 5th or 6th grade at each school.
Learning exchanges take place between professionals, including principals and key school staff, faculty, artists and Spiral Q’s staff and apprentices in a variety of supportive and informal spaces.
Spiral Q is deeply grateful for the support of these foundation partners whose support makes SPARQ (in Schools) West possible: The Allen Hilles Fund, The Douty Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Rosenlund Family Foundation, The Seybert Foundation, The Spruce Foundation, Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, Union Benevolent Association, Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial Fund, and The William Penn Foundation.