Activate! : Spiral Q 2017 Fundraising Campaign

Benefiting: Spiral Q
Hosted by:Spiral Q
Goal: $42,500
$24,138 4 57% Complete

Campaign Details

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Spiral Q is an ensemble of artists and activists who build strong and equitable communities characterized by creativity, joy, can-do attitudes and the courage to act on their convictions.  

Spiral Q began in 1996, bringing art and joy to the movement for justice for people with HIV/AIDS.  Since then, the Q has worked with thousands of Philadelphians through educational programs, puppet parades, and public performances, inspiring creative risk taking and joyful fights for justice.



Spiral Q’s core work includes:

  • Award-winning EDUCATION PROGRAMS both in-school and out-of-school for Philadelphia public school students that may have scarce access to art education.  Spiral Q programs develop students’ visions of themselves as agents of change and build their critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills, all while making art of out of reused materials.

  • APPRENTICESHIPS that provide mentorship in Spiral Q’s values-driven approach to community engagement and artmaking. High school and college student apprentices are trained in inclusive pedagogy and practices, then are empowered to carry out Spiral Q programming in workplaces, public spaces, and classrooms, and parks.

  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECTS, workshops and residencies that bring community members together and connect diverse, intergenerational groups in creative collaborations. These include parades, giant puppet pageants, and cultural festivals in our neighborhoods.

  • Stewardship of a COLLECTION of 2,000+ giant puppets and artwork that tells the unique history of community organizing and cultural expression in Philadelphia. Our living collection is made available for loans to community groups and for exhibitions at area institutions.  And, of course, it’s put to work in our original performances, pageants and parades!

  • Residency at Art on the Ave, a NEIGHBORHOOD ART GALLERY in our neighborhood, where the public can enter the intersection of art and social justice in a multitude of ways. At the gallery we host exhibitions, workshops, tours, meetings, celebrations, and other dynamic community programming.

  • ORIGINAL WORKS that dazzle and delight audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Q artists create performances and physical pieces to be performed in school auditoriums, theaters, and parks--when your art is mobile, the whole city is a potential audience!

  • The JUSTICE WORKS program that brings puppets, banners, and other visuals to social justice movements in Philadelphia and beyond.  Spiral Q works with activist organizations to develop their visual messaging, then helps make it happen at protests and events.


Spiral Q has always been busy helping frontline communities tell their stories loudly.  It’s important to us that we can support community organizing with dynamic public art--signs, puppets, performances, and banners--that tell the stories that need to be told.  But it takes time, resources, and personnel to get puppets out to protests, and many of the groups doing critical organizing in Philadelphia are doing tons of work with limited resources.  Your help at this critical time will ensure that Spiral Q can continue to support them at a sliding scale.

  • We hope to continue extending the broad variety of our work--educational programs, gallery shows, and community engagement projects--to our communities on a sliding scale as well.  We have exciting and ambitious plans for this coming year, and need your support to make sure they are accessible.  


  • Make your tax deductible donation to the Q today!* We so appreciate all of you who have supported the Q already.

  • Start your own micro-campaign, set a goal and begin fundraising for the Q! Click the big orange “Become a Fundraiser” button above to start mobilizing your friends, family and networks to support Spiral Q!

  • Spread the word about the campaign through Facebook, Twitter and through good, old-fashioned word of mouth! You helping to spread the word far and wide will help us meet our goal.

  • Volunteer your time and talents! And you can help Spiral Q make our communities’ large-scale dreams come true!

Interested in receiving a Spiral Q gift for your donation?  Check out our perks on our Network for Good page (tote bags! aprons! prints! postcards! and more!) and we can still add it to this campaign. Your donation will be tax-deductable minus the value of the gift.

Support Spiral Q today and invest in building, with us, the just and creative world in which we all want to live. Thank you so much.

*Contributions are tax-deductible less the fair market value of any perks received.

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