Northern Newsletter – July




Visit Us at Summer 4Play @Fort Snelling State Park


Robin Schwartzman and Desiree Moore, Minnesotan Ice. Northern Spark 2016. Photo: Dusty Hoskovec

Northern Spark @ Summer 4Play

Saturday, July 30
at Fort Snelling State Park
11am – 4pm
More details on Facebook.

Northern returns to Fort Snelling State Park this July with a bevy of artist projects originally presented at this year’s Northern Spark festival. These interactive stations playfully engage you in serious subjects but who can tell, it’s a game!

Barter for an ice pop from the future, play games at the Climate Carnival, watch as a 3-D chalk drawing emerges on the sidewalk and hang out in a vintage trailer-turned-Climate Chaser recording studio.

Installations you’ll find:

Christine Bauemler, Backyard Phenology: Tracking Nature’s Cycles in a Changing Climate
Hang out in a re-habbed vintage trailer called the Climate Chaser and record your backyard or state park observations about your immediate environment. Pick up a Phenology Passport to use all year.

Shawn McCann, Live Chalk Drawing
Watch as McCann draws a 3-D world in chalk on the sidewalk over the course of the day.

Robin Schwartzman, Minnesotan Ice 
Visit a state-fair concession stand from a dystopian Minnesotan future; one where potable water is a special occasion. Follow the signs and barter for a treat that will rocket you into the ice age.

Yes Let’s, Climate Carnival 
Step up and try your hand a classic carnival games with a climate twist. Test your strength with Pedal Power, save the seals with Collateral Cleanup, guess waste metrics at the Guessing Booth, take a shot at Recycle Toss, or clean up the ocean with The Claw Cleaner.

Northern Spark @ Summer 4Play is curated and produced by Northern and presented by Greater MSP, Mississippi Park Connection, National Park Service, REI, and Wilderness Inquiry

IN Light IN

Amanda Browder, commissioned light project “At Night We Light Up” for the facade of the Indianapolis Power and Light building in downtown Indianapolis, IN Light IN Festival.
Northern is excited to be partnering with the Central Indiana Community Foundation to co-present IN Light IN, the inaugural Indianapolis Light Festival August 26 and 27. IN Light IN is a dazzling, free, two-day interactive light festival, featuring artists and performers from Indianapolis, the Twin Cities and beyond, at some of the city’s most inspiring sites.

Installations and performances by Anila Quayyum Agha, Aphidoidea, Amanda Browder, Tiffany Carbonneau and Susanna Crum, Daily Tous Les Jours, Alexis Gideon, Ryan Patrick Griffin, Owens + Crawley, Jamie Pawlus, Robin Schwartzman, Piotr Szyhalski, YesYesNo, Lauren Zoll, and many other artists will encourage exploration and participation of Indianapolis along the Downtown Canal and the adjacent Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

IN Light IN, 8:52 pm – 1:05 am, Friday August 26 and Saturday August 27, 2016

Neighborhood Climate Change

Vince Leo, Tomato Patch, 2016

“In the late 1980s, when I first started growing tomatoes in Minnesota, I planted at the end of the first week in June. Nurseries almost never even placed tomato plants on the shelves before Memorial Day. Last year I planted tomatoes on May 24 and this year May 25. Meaning that over the span of several decades, at least in my case, climate change has expanded the tomato-growing season by almost two weeks on the front end. Meaning that I now have earlier harvests and more tomatoes. Meaning that every time I bite into a home-grown tomato, the marvelous taste is inextricably bound to a deep and unshakeable dread.” – VL

The world often equates climate change with distant, dire circumstances: polar bears in the Arctic, penguins in the Antarctic, deforestation in the Amazon, the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef. While these are indeed worthy concerns, we are interested in your “neighborhood.”

What are the signs of climate change that you notice when you are riding your bike to the grocery store or walking your dog in the evening or in your garden out your back door or that place you’ve always vacationed for the last decade? What are the steps your friends are taking to limit their carbon footprint? What are some of the actions you see neighborhood organizations taking to mitigate climate change?

We have asked 365 photographers from around the world to document such occurrences; to capture climate change and the struggle to control it at the local level, as it appears as part of everyday life. Every day for the next year, we will release one of these photographs and stories on Neighborhood Climate Change and other social media channels.

Northern Spark in Pictures

Illuminated Reef Collective, The Illuminated Reef. Northern Spark 2016. Photo: Max Haynes

Photos from Northern Spark 2016 are now ready for viewing. Take a look back at your favorite projects and relive the moments from Climate Chaos | Climate Rising. And mark your calendar for next year’s festival along the Green Line on June 10, 2017.

While you’re at it, check out Make It. MSP.’s recap of Northern Spark projects.

Art(ists) on the Verge 7 Videos

Eric F. Avery, 67 simple operations, AOV7. Photo: Rik Sferra

Check out the videos of these AOV7 artists who presented projects at the Soap Factory this spring. You can see the AOV8 exhibition at the Nash Gallery in June 2017.

Call for Art Addressing Police Brutality and Racial Justice

At Northern we believe in the power of art in response to violence. In times when injustice is overwhelming and options seem limited, art can heal, question, bring people together, and open up possibilities for change. In this season of uncertainty and distress, it is important to create and share art addressing police brutality and racial injustice. Please consider contributing your artwork to Pollen’s call for art (due today), and let us know if you have additional opportunities we can share.

#blacklivesmatter #PhilandoCastile