Northern Spark 2018 Open Call: Roving/Mobile/Performative Projects Along Nicollet Mall


Summary: Roving / Mobile / Performative

This is an open call is for two-night projects that are roving, mobile and/or performative for Northern Spark 2018 along Nicollet Mall between 4th Street and 8th Street. 

More information about Northern Spark 2018 and the theme of commonality is here.

Submission link is here.

To view our complete list of artist open calls, please visit our Artist Opportunities page.


This call is for individual artists, artist collectives or artist-led teams, not organizations or companies. Artists living anywhere are eligible to participate, but there is no additional funding available for shipping or travel. This is a call to present art in public spaces along Nicollet Mall, not at partner venues (such as inside buildings or businesses).


We are seeking proposals for projects that, in essence, move along Nicollet Mall between 4th and 8th streets. Your project doesn’t not have to be constantly moving, it could stop at one site for a while and then move along another. Your proposal does not have to include a specific footprint or site on Nicollet, but should at least describe the type of site(s) that would be ideal for your project. Specifically, how will you use the unique character of Nicollet Mall as a backdrop during your project?

Nicollet Mall Parameters and Opportunities

Specific details about Nicollet Mall will be added soon. In the meantime, if you have a questions, please email
In general, amplified or loud sound is not allowed after 10 pm.
Note there is also a call for a lighting project along Nicollet Mall.


Projects in this category will be funded at the $1,500 level.

Budgets should include everything necessary to present the project from construction to installation and deinstallation and artist fees. Northern will provide electricity and standard permitting, although some elements such as fire and food may have additional permitting costs, which will come out of your project budget.

Info Sessions

Find out more about these calls and ask specific questions about your ideas at these public information sessions. It’s not a requirement to submit a proposal, but it’s a good idea.

January 9 Info Session: Northern Spark and Little Africa

January 10 Open Calls Info Session: At Minneapolis Central Library

January 16 Open Calls Info Session: At Minneapolis Central Library

Submission Process

Tips and Requirements for Submission are here.

Submission link is here

The deadline for submissions is February 5,2018.

To view our complete list of artist open calls, please visit our Artist Opportunities page.