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Physical Distance is Solidarity.

Physical Distance is Solidarity.

Stay Healthy & Connected Beyond Boundaries Spiral Q community, It is crucially important that we keep physical distance from each other, a strange thing for  Spiral Q. We are best at bringing people together - at sharing pots of maché, telling our stories in...

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SPARQ Blog – The Joy of Paper Mache!

SPARQ Blog – The Joy of Paper Mache!

La joie du papier mâché Excellent example of wrapping the paper around the form and tucking it in Today we are at the halfway point in the residency and it’s a perfect opportunity for students to let loose and get messy. The students are always encouraged to think...

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Volunteer opp: Dive into the puppet collection

Volunteer opp: Dive into the puppet collection

As we gear up for our big move we know that all of the puppets in our collection cannot move with us, but their stories are important.We're assembling a volunteer committee to work with us to document the puppets, objects, and signs in our puppet shelves so we can...

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Blankenburg Parade!

Blankenburg Parade!

Save the date! Friday May 8th at 1pm4600 W Girard Ave.It's the sixth (!!!!) annual Rudolph Blankenburg Elementary Parade! Students are working with Spiral Q this Spring, learning how to work conceptually and artistically in teams to make giant puppets that represent...

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SPARQ Blog – More building!

SPARQ Blog – More building!

Building Day 2 “Martin,” “Rae,” and “Jessie Brown” starting to take shape Our puppet heads have taken a real leap forward in coming to life. Last session we created the “bones” of the character. This was the support system and the basic proportions of the face that...

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SPARQ blog – Building 3d Features

SPARQ blog – Building 3d Features

Building 3-D features This week the students started to bring their puppets to life. They transformed their characters’ backstories and sketches into a unique and expressive face. We started by playing a game where students had to smile, frown, and make silly...

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SPARQ Blog – Story Circle and Character Design

SPARQ Blog – Story Circle and Character Design

We told the students that today’s session is very important because they are going to create the “soul” of their puppet. It’s an abstract concept but through a series of story telling, writing, and drawing activities a personality starts to take shape. The goal is to...

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SPARQ Blog – Harlem Renaissance & Mini-puppets

SPARQ Blog – Harlem Renaissance & Mini-puppets

A work in progress and SEVEN hands working together! During the second session we further explored the Harlem Renaissance and used this as inspiration for creating mini-puppets. Ms. Darrell (a sculptor and muralist) shared her knowledge and love of the African...

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SparQ 2020 @ Blankenburg!

SparQ 2020 @ Blankenburg!

SparQ 2018 puppets on display in the historic Blankenburg auditorium. Hello and happy New Year! In 2020 we are proud to be partnering again with the fourth graders at Blankenburg Elementary School in the Mill Creek neighborhood of Philadelphia. These students have...

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Spiral Q is moving!

Spiral Q is moving!

Spiral Q’s home at 4100 Haverford for the last 7.5 years is under contract for sale. By the Fall of 2020, we have to find a new home and we’re ramping up our plans to move! As our neighborhoods continually changes around us, we're asking important questions about...

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make MLK Day Lanterns

make MLK Day Lanterns

Spiral Q Lantern Making atLucien Blackwell Community CenterN 47th St, Philadelphia, PA 19131Monday January 20th 11-1PM

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Using art to build a neighborhood coalition with APM

Using art to build a neighborhood coalition with APM

This Saturday was our first community print day in partnership with @apmforeveryone, engaging neighbors through art making and messaging to organize community power in the face of development and displacement in North Philly. If you live in North Philly east of...

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