Northern Spark Open Call: Nicollet Mall Light Walk


Summary: Nicollet Mall Light Walk

This is an open call is for a two-night lighting project for Northern Spark 2018 using Nicollet Mall’s Light Walk installation. More information about Northern Spark 2018 and the theme of commonality is here.

The submission link is here.


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. 

Nicollet Mall Light Walk Parameters and Opportunities

The Light Walk is a unique 2-block installation designed by James Corner Field Operations on the east side of Nicollet Center, the heart of pedestrian and retail activity between 6th and 8th streets. The installation is made up of a series c-shaped armatures with mirrored fins and color programmable LED lighting that creates a corridor of light and movement, allowing people to see themselves from the skyways above and the street below.

The Nicollet Mall Archway Lighting control system handles three of the fixture types on the Mall. This call is for the Type TE fixtures mounted into the light walk armatures between 6th Street and 8th Street.  All fixtures have RGB emitters and are individually controllable via DMX with nine address footprint per fixture (three on each side).  The DMX signal is transmitted over two universes for the Type TE fixtures.  The system is run by an ETC Mosaic Controller .  The Mosaic controller is programmed with Mosaic Designer 2 software suite. This is a free program to download from ETC’s website.

If you have a questions, please email We will also have more info about available sites at upcoming Info Sessions.


For this call, we will be funding a project at the $2,500 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.

The 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.