A Philly-made USPS mailbox that danced outside Convention Center will go into Smithsonian

One of the cardboard U.S. Postal Service mailboxes that danced outside the Convention Center as election votes were being counted in November will be featured in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington.

The mailbox puppets — created and designed by Spiral Q, an organization that uses art, puppetry, and street theater to advocate for equity and inclusion — were a viral sensation as all eyes were on Philadelphia to finish counting its mail-in ballots in the 2020 election.

Spiral Q, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit founded in 1996, is known for its “larger than life” papier-mâché puppets, banners, and signs used for educational purposes and in local protests and parades. The small organization, run by Jennifer Turnbull and Liza Goodell, was thrilled to see its work recognized by the country, and now the museum.


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