Northern Newsletter June 9th


We’ll see you tomorrow!

The weather on Saturday is forecasted to be very hot and clear.  Get ready for your night-time journey!

  • Charge up your phone to play Collective Action! and experience Chaos on the Green Line
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Don’t be fooled by hot weather during the day — bring layers for cooler middle-of-the-night temps.
  • Pack a filled water bottle to re-fill at Tap Mpls and Anthropocene Water Stations. Stay hydrated!
  • Download a free METRO Transit pass.
  • Decide which of the 7 sites you’ll begin your adventure, and once you’re there, make your way to the Info Tent, pick up a festival Map and off you go!

Northern Spark Launch Party 2016, photo by Dusty Hoskovec

Didn’t get tickets to the Northern Spark Launch Party? No problem! Buy them at the door! Party is from 7-9 pm at Thresher Square, 708 S 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Curious about what you’ll find at the party?
A newsletter-only sneak peek of the delicious Launch Party food includes: Salmon Rillettes from Red Stag, chilled sweet pea soup with smoked salmon, creme fraiche and Brioche from Alma, green tomato and melon gazpacho from Eastside, chocolate buttercream cake from Cafe Latte, and three types of cider from Sociable Cider Werks!


With the climate chaos of a record-breaking 97 degree day forecasted on Saturday before the sun goes down, we ask everyone to take care of yourselves during the day to be ready for a night of fun and safe exploration.

In light of everything else heating up in our world, we want to take a moment to say that Northern Spark has always been for everyone. We welcome people of all ethnicities, genders, abilities and beliefs. We do not tolerate violence or harassment in any form.

See you on the METRO Green Line for a peaceful and curiosity-filled night!


Congratulations Piotr Szyhalski

Northern Spark 2017 project 3600 cuts, courtesy of the artists Piotr Szyhalski and Pramila Vasudevan

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, on behalf of the McKnight Foundation, has announced the eight recipients of the 2017 McKnight Fellowships for Visual Artists. Congratulations to Piotr Szyhalski, long time Northern Spark artist and co-director of Art(ists) on the Verge, for being a McKnight Fellowship recipient this year! As a part of the award, Szyhalski will receive a $25,000 stipend, public recognition, professional encouragement from national visiting critics, and an opportunity to participate in a speaker series.

You can view his project 3600 cuts at Northern Spark on Saturday! Collaborating with Pramila Vasudevan in this interdisciplinary performance, 3600 cuts explores the endless quest for “higher resolution” — the technological obsession of achieving finer grain and more detail—and how this sometimes illuminating, sometimes destructive phenomenon connects to the parallel quest for understanding human ecology. View a preview video of 3600 cuts here.

3600 cuts will also be presented tonight, June 9th, 2017. A range of ticketing options can be found at

Northern Spark media coverage now on our website!

The Growler June cover by Leslie Barlow

Excitement for Northern Spark is ramping up! Read all of our features and interviews in the press from The Growler, the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press and more on our website’s Media Coverage page, and look for upcoming interviews on MPR, WCCO, and Fox News in the next few days!

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