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SPIRAL Q’S IN-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS

Spiral Q’s school and community partnerships in West Philadelphia bridge sequential arts education with project based learning to support students, classroom teachers, principals and families in advancing student learning and cultivating community. Students collaborate to produce art for a neighborhood parade that reflects their collective stories and aspirations, celebrates their cultures and families, and inspires the school community at large. At Spiral Q, we believe that student success depends on a collective and supported effort on the part of parents, teachers, artists, and administrators that combines the unique strengths of each. Ultimately, the projects support the development of deep listening, school pride and, the cultivation of a spirit of joy and cooperation, help to build excitement among students about learning and advocating for issues that they care about and supports teachers objectives in the classrooms.

Middle Years Alternative

Locke School

Blankenburg School

THE COMPONENTS OF SPARQ (in Schools)

IGNITION PROGRAMS

Ignition 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.

RESIDENCIES

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

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.

THE PARADES

FUNDERS

Spiral Q’s SPARQ in Schools programming is made possible with support from: William Penn Foundation • Independence Foundation • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Rosenlund Family Foundation • The Allen Hilles Fund • The Philadelphia Cultural Fund The Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial • The Seybert Foundation and donors like you.