Spring Howl 2020: A Virtual Art Experience

Tyra Payer

Join us (online) for a Spring Howl!

Spring Howl: a virtual art experience
Available online April 4 – 30

 Online Art Experience Ticket: $25

Click here for tickets. 



a coming together: a performance for our time 

By Hawona Sullivan Janzen and Kathy McTavish


Due to the changes around is in light of COVID-19, Spring Howl is no longer a public event.

Log on in the month of April for a virtual poem born out of our complex times. This poly vocal, kaleidoscopic animation and sound project is a collaboration between digital artist and musician Kathy McTavish and poet Hawona Sullivan Janzen, originally commissioned to do separate projects for Northern Light.mn’s Spring Howl fundraiser. 

Tickets to this new, online form of Spring Howl are still on sale, and may be purchased from Eventbrite now through midnight on April 29th.

If you have already purchased a ticket, your ticket will automatically convert to a digital Spring Howl ticket. Refunds will be available for those who decline the digital version, although we encourage you to consider keeping your ticket to access the online artwork and to support our work at Northern Lights.mn. Check your inbox for further communication.  

Your support is more important than ever as we work to think strategically, involve others in our planning and make sure that when Northern Spark returns in 2021 it is more sustainable and just as innovative, joyful and community-building as it’s always been! 


Online Spring Howl art experience: $25

Artists at Spring Howl

Kathy McTavish is a media composer and installation artist. She has a long history with Northern Lights.mn. She presented two projects at Northern Spark 2015: Map It and Requiem for Solo Instrument Distance. In 2017, she presented A Hole in the Sky with Zeitgeist. Most recently McTavish was an Art(ist) on the Verge 10 Fellow.

Hawona Sullivan Janzen is a St. Paul-based poet and performance artist. Hawona’s experience with Northern Lights began started at Northern Spark 2019 with a re-presentation of Rondo Family Reunion. She is also a member of the 2019 – 2020 Program Council. Hawona is commissioned to write and perform a poem for Spring Howl.

In response to the cancelation of Spring Howl as a public event, Hawona and Kathy are collaborating for the first time to create a new poetic, visual, sonic artwork to be experienced in the digital realm.


Many thanks to Fulton for their support of Northern Spark.  

Thanks also to  Hennepin & Co for their ongoing support of Northern Lights.mn