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  • September 29 & 30 8:00 - 10:30 pm, free and open to the public The 49-foot tall chamber of Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam will become a canvas for experimental artworks during this two-part series.  In part 2, The Uncompromising Hand by Andrea Carlson engages Spirit Island, a limestone island and Dakota sacred site that was once in the Mississippi River near the current Lock and Dam. The lock wall will come alive with a hand drawn animation based on six photographs of the island fro…
  • September 15 & 16, 8-10:30 pm each night. The 49-foot tall chamber of Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam becomes a canvas for experimental artworks during this two-part series. Surface by artist Aaron Dysart kicks off the series, using years of handwritten data recorded by Army Corps of Engineers staff at the Lock as the basis for a light show. Daily pool heights and lockages will translate into shifting colors projected on atmospheric effects created in the lock chamber. The spectacle w…
  • Every year, Northern Spark relies on hundreds of volunteers to make the festival a success. Shifts are a short two to three hours, which means that you don’t have to miss out on the festival to help make it happen! Whether it’s your first time attending Northern Spark or a favorite summer tradition, volunteering with Northern Spark plugs you into a community that lasts year-round. What you need to know: Date : June 10th Location : One of seven Neighborhood Zones along the METRO Green Lin…
  • Emily Gastineau updated the Opportunity Volunteer Coordinator
    Illuminated Reef Collective, The Illuminated Reef, Northern Spark 2016. Photo: Max Haynes. Northern Spark is a one-night, all-night participatory arts festival that lights up the Twin Cities on the second Saturday of June. Now in it’s 7th year, Northern Spark – presented by Northern Lights.mn – will take place on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 along the LRT Green Line spanning Downtown Minneapolis and Lowertown St. Paul. This will be the second and culminating year of Northern Spark’s climat…
  • Aniccha Arts, Census, West River Parkway, Northern Spark 2016. Photo: Dusty Hoskovec. Northern Spark is a one-night, all-night participatory arts festival that lights up the Twin Cities on the second Saturday of June. Now in it’s 7th year, Northern Spark – presented by Northern Lights.mn – will take place on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 along the Metro Transit Light Rail Green Line spanning Downtown Minneapolis and Lowertown St. Paul. This will be the second and culminating year of Northern …
  • Photo: Dusty Hoskovec   Northern Spark is a one-night, all-night participatory arts festival that lights up the Twin Cities on the second Saturday of June. Now in it’s 7th year, Northern Spark – presented by Northern Lights.mn – will take place on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 along the Metro Transit Light Rail Green Line spanning Downtown Minneapolis and Lowertown St. Paul. This will be the second and culminating year of Northern Spark’s climate change theme under the banner of Climate C…
  • Christopher Lutter, Heid E. Erdrich, Coal Dorius, Kim Ford, Paul Tinetti, Karl Stoerzinger, and Ian Knodel, Wolf and Moose — 2016 Creative City Challenge winner. Photo: Jayme Halbritter. The Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Program of the City of Minneapolis in collaboration with The Commons and Northern Lights.mn and the Northern Spark festival, announce the fifth annual Creative City Challenge based on the theme Climate Chaos | Climate Rising. The Creative City Challenge is conceived a…
  • Emily Gastineau posted a new Opportunity Art(ists) On the Verge 9
    Jessica R. Henderson, here i am am i here, AOV7 fellowship. Photo: Rik Sferra We are pleased to announce a call for a ninth round of Art(ists) on the Verge commissions (AOV9), which will take place from March 2017 – April 2018. Art(ists) On the Verge is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for 5 Minnesota-based, emerging artists or artist groups working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interacti…
  • Robin Garwood, Wishing Well, Northern Spark 2016. Photo: Max Haynes.  Northern Lights.mn is excited to announce that we are now seeking artist proposals for the Climate Rising Collaboration projects for Northern Spark 2017 on June 10th. For this opportunity, artists will team up with one of 6 Partner Organizations to address a local, national or global climate change issue related to their specific mission through the creation and presentation of a Northern Spark project. For more informati…
  • Emily Gastineau updated the Opportunity Northern Spark 2017
    Cedarside 2016 Artists with Muna Ahmed, Blessing the Boats. Photo: Dusty Hoskovec. Northern Lights.mn 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 Minneapol…