Northern Spark 2017


Photo: Dusty Hoskovec.

Northern is thrilled to announce the launch of our artist open calls for Northern Spark 2017. The festival, which will take place on Saturday, June 10th, will be the culmination of a full-year of urgent & imaginative programming around the theme of Climate Chaos | Climate Rising. The Light Rail Green Line will act as the creative spine of the festival, spanning US Bank Stadium in Downtown Minneapolis and CHS Field Stadium in Lowertown, Saint Paul. All along the Green Line, neighborhoods will light up with participatory art projects, weaving global questions about climate change into the fabric of community celebrations. Even trains themselves will be animated by artists throughout the night, making the entire festival experience feel like one unforgettable ride.

This year, we have several open calls ranging in medium and scale, and focusing on different communities. Please note that deadlines vary by call. Basic descriptions are listed below, to read our calls in full, please visit our website. Submissions links will also be posted there.

Open Call Categories:

Artworks in Any Medium - projects in any medium that relate to Climate Chaos | Climate Rising, to be presented at selected stations - due January 16th, 2017

West Bank, Little Africa and Little Mekong - projects in any medium by artists of color and indigenous artists with cultural connections to West Bank, Little Africa and Little Mekong neighborhoods - due January 16th, 2017

Lowertown - projects in any medium designed for sites in the Lowertown neighborhood - due January 16th, 2017

If you are planning on submitting a proposal and would like to receive relevant open call updates, please e-mail [email protected].

Opportunity Opens

Friday, Oct 14th 2016

Opportunity Closes

Monday, Jan 16th 2017, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists