ABOUT THE FILM
Spiral Bound is a documentary about the unlikely union of eight creative high school students from a youth creative development program and a group of liberal arts college students over the course of one summer. Together, these education activists are seeking social justice not only in the public school system but also in the higher education arena. On this journey, both groups learn the power of the arts in giving a voice to those who need it the most, including themselves. From the inner city streets of Charlotte and the quaint college town of Davidson to the bustling steps of the U.S. Capitol, these young people stand together to change the face of education through their courageous narratives. The Arts & Science Council of Charlotte, inspired by the work of Bill Strickland and the Manchester Bidwell Group, produced Spiral Bound to show the importance of the arts to our nation's continuing prosperity and to emphasize the devastating consequences of defunding arts education. Students from ASC’s local outreach program, Studio 345, created the music and art utilized in Spiral Bound. In fact, the title of the film is taken from the inspiring song featured during the opening credits. The voice of today’s generation can be heard and felt through the words, music, & art of the students featured in Spiral Bound.