On August 25 and 26th, Northern Lights.mn was in Jamestown, North Dakota to celebrate the opening of Jamestown Arts Center’s new Hansen Arts Park, a creative downtown development project that turned an empty lot into an arts-focused park for the community. NL had been working with JAC for three years to consult on the commission of permanent elements for the park and to help program its celebratory opening.
A flurry of activities were planned for the 2 day event, including live music, art-making, a pep band, and a living sculpture competition. NL presented four projects by Minnesota artists that were originally presented at previous Northern Lights events:
Dumpling House by Molly Balcom Raleigh and Emily Stover
Make and eat dumplings inspired by local residents’ beloved family recipes in this temporary, communal kitchen. Presented at Maker Day, 2014.
Traffic Jam Scene by Preston Drum
Climb into a cardboard car and become the driver of your destiny as gridlock becomes a drive-in movie theatre. First presented at Northern Spark 2017.
Behind the Seams by Rachel Breen and Nickey Robare
Learn the environmental and human impacts of the garment industry at pop-up garment factory in the streets of Jamestown. First presented at Northern Spark 2017.
Under Ice by Michael Murnane
The Arts Park’s giant wall is transformed by projected images of ice fishing in a moving piece about Murnane’s trips to the lake with his father. Sound score by Evan Murnane and storytelling by Kevin Kling. First presented at Northern Spark 2012.
More information about Jamestown ArtSpark can be found here.