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Contemporary art is increasingly “untethered” and moves from the white cube of the gallery to any site – including the virtual – to engage the public in its own realm. Public art is an ever-expanding field of inquiry, with artists of all stripes exploring the public realm. Beyond murals, monuments, memorials (and the occasional mime) public art has become a vibrant and engaging practice. From the spectacular to the quotidian, permanent to ephemeral, sited to virtual, material to performative, conceptual to cinematic, we believe there are unprecedented opportunities for new art practices in our shared environment. This is the critical focus of Public Address.

Announcing Northern Spark 2019 Artists – Press Release

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
03.13.2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Announcing Northern Spark 2019 Artist Line-up and Creative City Challenge Winner Radical Playground by Candida Gonzalez and Mary Anne Quiroz wins the 2019 Creative City Challenge and 30 artist projects will explore the theme We Are Here: Resilience, Renewal, & Regeneration (Minneapolis, MN) March 12, 2019 — Northern Lights.mn announces the Creative City […]

Designer Matthew Rezac on Northern Spark 2019’s graphic identity

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
02.20.2019

The graphic identity for Northern Spark 2019 was revealed today on the refreshed festival website. Designer Matthew Rezac, who created the original NS logo back in 2011 and has art directed the festival’s design ever since, turned this year’s rich theme, We Are Here: Resilience, Renewal & Regeneration, into a set of icons. We asked […]

Northern Spark 2019 Production Crew

Author
Teeko Yang
Post
02.19.2019

NORTHERN SPARK 2019 PRODUCTION CREW Northern Spark is a free, annual, late-night, multidisciplinary arts festival that takes place in June and draws tens of thousands of Minnesotans each year. In collaboration with arts organizations and community partners, we turn the city into a surprising arts experience.  Northern Spark is produced by Northern Lights.mn. For more […]

Food Truck Vendor Application

Author
Teeko Yang
Post
02.5.2019

Apply to be a Food Truck Vendor at Northern Spark 2019 You may be a truck or a tent, Northern Spark welcomes all! On June 14th & 15th  Northern Spark 2019 expects to draw more than 30,000 to the 3 neighborhood nodes in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. We’re seeking food trucks and local restaurants who […]

Spring Howl for Northern Spark

Author
Teeko Yang
Post
01.29.2019

Join us for a Spring Howl for Northern Spark On March 20, 2019 the sun will set at 7:25 pm. That is 1 hour and 54 minutes earlier than sunset on the night of Northern Spark, which will take place 124,817 minutes later on June 14th and 15th.  Yes, we are counting the minutes. As […]

Job Opportunity: Northern Spark 2019 Neighborhood Volunteer Lead – AICC

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
01.24.2019

Northern Spark 2019 Neighborhood Volunteer Lead – AICC Northern Spark is a free, annual, late-night, multidisciplinary arts festival that takes place in June and draws tens of thousands of Minnesotans each year. In collaboration with arts organizations and community partners, we turn the city into a surprising arts experience.  Northern Spark is produced by Northern […]

Job Opportunity: Northern Spark 2019 Neighborhood Volunteer Lead – Rondo

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
01.24.2019

Northern Spark 2019 Neighborhood Volunteer Lead – Rondo Northern Spark is a free, annual, late-night, multidisciplinary arts festival that takes place in June and draws tens of thousands of Minnesotans each year. In collaboration with arts organizations and community partners, we turn the city into a surprising arts experience.  Northern Spark is produced by Northern […]

Job opportunity: Northern Spark Festival Volunteer Coordinator

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
01.24.2019

Northern Spark 2019 Festival Volunteer and Survey Coordinator Northern Spark is a free, annual, late-night, multidisciplinary arts festival that takes place in June and draws tens of thousands of Minnesotans each year. In collaboration with arts organizations and community partners, we turn the city into a surprising arts experience.  Northern Spark is produced by Northern […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter, Dec 14, 2018

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
12.14.2018

Work with us! New paid apprenticeship program Northern Spark 2016 Launch Party with special musical guests Doks Robotiks at Mill City Museum. Photo: Dusty Hoskovec. Since 2011, Northern Spark has created a spirit of adventure and belonging, with the help of hundreds of artists and community partners. This year we’re starting a new Festival Apprenticeship Program, […]

Northern Spark 2019 – Festival Production Apprentice

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
12.13.2018

Northern Spark 2019 – Festival Production Apprentice Northern Lights supports artists in the creation and presentation of art in the public sphere, focusing on innovative uses of technology to imagine new interactions between audience, artwork, and place and explore expanded possibilities for civic engagement. Our largest program is Northern Spark, a free, annual, late-night, multidisciplinary […]

Northern Spark 2019- Curatorial Content Festival Apprentice

Author
Teeko Yang
Post
12.12.2018

Northern Spark 2019- Curatorial Content Festival Apprentice Northern Lights supports artists in the creation and presentation of art in the public sphere, focusing on innovative uses of technology to imagine new interactions between audience, artwork, and place and explore expanded possibilities for civic engagement. Our largest program is Northern Spark, a free, annual, late-night, multidisciplinary […]

Northern Spark 2019-Communications Festival Apprentice

Author
Teeko Yang
Post
12.12.2018

Northern Spark 2019-Communications Festival Apprentice Northern Lights supports artists in the creation and presentation of art in the public sphere, focusing on innovative uses of technology to imagine new interactions between audience, artwork and place and explore expanded possibilities for civic engagement. Our largest program is Northern Spark, a free, annual, late-night, multidisciplinary arts festival […]

Northern Spark 2019 – Outreach and Projects Festival Apprentice

Author
Teeko Yang
Post
12.12.2018

Northern Spark 2019 – Outreach and Projects Festival Apprentice Northern Lights supports artists in the creation and presentation of art in the public sphere, focusing on innovative uses of technology to imagine new interactions between audience, artwork and place and explore expanded possibilities for civic engagement. Our largest program is Northern Spark, a free, annual, […]

Northern Spark 2019 Apprentices

Author
Teeko Yang
Post
12.12.2018

Since 2011, the Northern Spark festival has created a spirit of adventure and belonging, with the help of hundreds of artists and community partners. The goal of the Festival Apprentice Program is to share the systems we’ve built over the years and to foster an exchange of skills and community knowledge in the neighborhoods where […]

A Northern Lights year in review

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
12.11.2018

It’s been a year.   A challenging, stirring, uncommon year.  Don’t you think? We began 2018 in the sub zero temperatures of Minnesota’s Super Bowl weekend. (remember that?) At Illuminate South Loop, we launched 9 original artist projects that put our local creativity on display, all the while seeking to resolve a key truth: is it duck, […]

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