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BUILDING THE SPARQS

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 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.