Join us for a generosity spree! #GiveAtHomeMN, May 1-8

Sarah Peters


Northern is taking part in #GiveAtHomeMN, a week-long generosity spree! This state-wide campaign aims to support the arts, schools and non-profits who provide essential services to Minnesotans and beyond – especially now, through online programming.  

We believe that art and culture is always essential, even in times of crisis. 

As arts organizations we need to pivot our support for artists during spatial distancing, but moreover, we have to figure out how to rebuild the cultural public sphere when it is safe to do so. 

This is what NL does.  We support emerging and established artists in the creation and presentation of art in the public sphere. 

Our platforms focus on participation and engagement between people, artwork and place. 

Since Minnesota’s stay-at-home order was announced, we have: 

  • shifted our Spring Howl fundraiser to an online project and paid those artists their full fees 
  • paid our 7 Program Council members for their work in developing a Community Engagement Strategic Plan (stay tuned for more info!)  
  • convened several conversations with our Art(ists) on the Verge 11 cohort to determine how best to support them while that program timeline is extended 
  • started planning a winter return of Illuminate the Lock

We are also creatively planning for Northern Spark’s return in 2021. 

We need your support to keep creating platforms for artists to make new work, develop their practices and ultimately, help us get through this time with hope and beauty.  

Donations to Northern for #GiveArtHome are accepted through May 8th here, or anytime on our Support page.  Thank you!