Northern Lights.mn Newsletter June 1st
A Response from Northern Lights.mn
Climate change is science, but what do do about about it can be political. Individual changes alone, while important, will not affect what needs to be done. It is therefore disturbing news that the U.S. government has decided to abdicate any responsible role in this global crisis by withdrawing from the Paris Accord with the ironic logic of “protecting American citizens.”
Northern Lights.mn is committed to enhancing awareness, supporting a robust conversation, and above all encouraging immediate and ongoing actions about the effects of climate change and what we can do individually and together to mitigate and adapt to those changes. In the end, success will be as much about people rising as temperatures. We encourage you to join us and the 66 climate-themed artist projects we will be presenting with our partners at Northern Spark on June 10, and we encourage you to engage with all the systems you interact with: watershed districts, school boards, city councils, state representatives, utilities, corporate America, government bureaucrats, and the President to impart to them the depth of your concerns and the urgency to address climate change responsibly and honestly. Climate Chaos | People Rising. #act
The 2017 Northern Spark Team
Travel the festival by train, bus, bike, or foot.
Northern Spark Bike Tour 2015, photo by Shawn Orton
With 7 sites to see, we recommend planning your transportation to and around Northern Spark this year. All festival sites are walkable from METRO Green Line stations. Some contain compact programmed areas, and others are more spread out. Get ready to ride and walk!
Here are some things to do in advance to make festival navigation easy:
1. Plan your route!
2. Download a free pass for use on all Metro Transit light rail and bus lines.
Free passes are viable from 8 pm – 6:30 am. Service on the METRO Green Line runs regularly until 1 am, then every half hour until 4 am.
Ticket machines are located on each train platform if you forget to download a pass or your phone runs out of juice. The Northern Spark Festival Map also functions as a free pass for the METRO Green Line ONLY.
PLEASE NOTE that only the METRO Green Line service runs 24 hours. METRO Blue Line and bus routes end at varying times. Need help planning your trip? Use Metro Transit’s Trip Planner or call 612-373-333, TTY 651-291-0904
3. Park and ride (or walk or cycle).
Tune up your bike and get between festival sites on two wheels Don’t forget a bike lock, light and helmet. Find Nice Ride stations near some festival locations at niceridemn.org.
If you plan to drive a vehicle to the festival, be aware of these street closures: in Lowertown: Broadway St. between 4th St E and 5th St E. In Little Africa: Sherburne Ave between Snelling Ave and N Asbury St. In Minneapolis at the Commons: Portland Ave between 4th St and 5th St.
Street closures take place beginning at 9 am on Saturday June 10th through 9 am on Sunday, June 11.
4. Charge up your phone!
5. Bring a water bottle, or if you forget…
6. Weather reminder: Northern Spark happens rain or (star) shine.
Get on the inside with Northern Spark at our awesome pre-fest Launch Party!
Kick off your night at the beautiful Thresher Square building with the people who make Northern Spark happen! Eat, drink, dance and get the inside scoop on projects you won’t want to miss, all while you hang out with other people who love Northern Spark as much as you do. And the best part? Having all this fun actually makes Northern Spark happen again next year!
Along with a show from jazz-funk-soul explorers ZULUZULUU you’ll enjoy food and drinks from:
Mercy // Cafe Alma // Eastside // Red Stag Supperclub // French Meadow // Handsome Hog // Silhouette Bakery & Bistro // Cafe Latté // Fulton Brewing // Crooked Water Spirits // Barefoot Bubbly // Sociable Cider Werks // Peace Coffee
The Launch Party isn’t just a celebration of Northern Spark. It’s a celebration of the things that make our cities vibrant. During our only fundraising event of the year, we raise the support that keeps Northern Lights.mn glowing and the Northern Spark festival free each year. We simply can’t do it without you, so come party with us!
Get your tickets before they’re gone!: nspk.mn/launch
Special thanks to our event sponsors Sherman Associates, Barbette, Bittercube, and RadissonRED for their support.
Follow Us on Social Media!
Postings about Northern Spark are increasing between now and the festival, and we don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun! Search the hashtag #NorthernSpark on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to find behind-the-scenes and in-progress photos from Northern Spark artists and their projects, or follow our pages for the latest festival updates and news.
Join us on Saturday for the Opening of AOV8
Join Northern Lights.mn and the Art(ists) On the Verge 8 fellows, Kelsey Bosch, Jess Hirsch, Dylan Redford, Fue Yang, and Sarita Zaleha, on Saturday night for a celebration of the opening of their exhibition at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery.
Art(ists) On the Verge 8 Opening Reception
The exhibition is open now through June 15. Gallery hours: 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesdaythrough Saturday. A public artist talk will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2-4pm at the Nash Gallery.
Art(ists) On the Verge is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation
Northern Spark is made possible by many people…
…but especially YOU! When you volunteer, when you buy tickets to the fabulous Northern Spark Launch Party, and when you show your love for art that helps us imagine a different way of being in public space, together, with a donation in any amount.
Your $10 or $20 (or $200 if you’ve got it!) is vital to keep this amazing event going year after year. If you value Northern Spark, now is the time to pitch in.