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Public Address is a platform for wide-ranging discussion of innovative projects, and practices.

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.

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – August 10, 2017

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
10.5.2017

Join us in Jamestown On August 24, Northern Lights.mn staff will settle in for the 327 mile drive to Jamestown, North Dakota to participate in the culmination a three year collaboration. The new Hansen Arts Park in downtown Jamestown is the result of many years of planning, fundraising and community engagement led by the Jamestown […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – July 13, 2017

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
10.5.2017

ArtSpark Jamestown Michael Murnane, Under Ice, Northern Spark 2012, photo by Patrick Kelley On August 25 and 26th, Northern Lights.mn will be in Jamestown, North Dakota to celebrate the opening of Jamestown Art Center’s new Arts Park, a creative downtown development project that has turned an empty lot into an arts-focused park for the community. We’ve […]

Creative City Challenge 2018 Call for Proposals

Author
Ady8182
Post
09.13.2017

Creative City Challenge Seeks Creative Proposals for 2018 at The Commons for Second Year Sixth annual competition for Minnesota artists, architects and designers open until November 17, 2017 The annual City of Minneapolis Creative City Challenge competition will be sited at The Commons, the new 4.2 acre public green space and an anchor in the […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter June 14th

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
06.19.2017

Highlights from the night The Commons, Northern Spark 2017, photo: Bethany Birnie Wow – what an amazing night! From downtown to Lowertown and back, we engaged our way through the cities to experience creative conversation about the climate in neighborhoods both new and familiar. Here are a few highlights from our staff: After a rousing […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter June 9th

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
06.19.2017

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 […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter June 6th

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
06.19.2017

Get Ready! Northern Spark Bike Tour 2015, photo by Shawn Orton Summer weather has arrived and Northern Spark is this Saturday! Get ready for all-night on the town with this festival prep checklist: Read about the festival art and make a customized “My Night” list of projects to visit Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for project highlights and last-minute updates Download a free Metro Transit […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter June 1st

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
06.1.2017

A Response from Northern Lights.mn Climate change is science, but what do do about about it can be political. Individual changes alone, while important, will not affect what needs to be done. It is therefore disturbing news that the U.S. government has decided to abdicate any responsible role in this global crisis by withdrawing from […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter May 25th

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
05.25.2017

Art(ists) On the Verge 8 Exhibition Opening June 3 Sarita Zaleha, AOV8 fellow, Finding Time (in Iceland)  Art(ists) On the Verge 8 fellows Kelsey Bosch, Jess Hirsch, Dylan Redford, Fue Yang, and Sarita Zaleha will present their work at an exhibition at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery from June 1 until July 15. Technology has become the sea we swim in. It is no longer […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter May 11th

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
05.11.2017

Down the Green Line: A Northern Spark preview, Part 1 It’s the time of year when the sky stays bright a little later each night, reminding us of the summer season ahead. For Northern Spark staff and artists, it’s a time of projection tests, rehearsals, outreach and chocolate restoratives. As you begin to consider your […]

Open Position: Northern Spark Videographer

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
05.11.2017

Northern Lights.mn is a collaborative, interactive media-oriented, arts organization from the Twin Cities for the world. We create platforms with and for artists, audiences, and partners to experiment with and experience innovative art in the public sphere. Northern Spark is an all­ night arts festival that lights up Minneapolis on the second Saturday of June. […]

Open Position: Northern Spark Photographer

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
05.11.2017

Northern Lights.mn is a collaborative, interactive media-oriented, arts organization from the Twin Cities for the world. We create platforms with and for artists, audiences, and partners to experiment with and experience innovative art in the public sphere.   Northern Spark is an all­ night arts festival that lights up Minneapolis on the second Saturday of […]

Special Volunteer Position Open!

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
05.10.2017

Northern Spark – Social Media Volunteers Reports to: Administrative Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator   Commitment: One Volunteer Training Session Event Day: June 10th; 8:30-11:30pm Optional Commitments: Social events and happy hours, while not required, are super fun! We have several opportunities both before and after the festival to unwind, share stories, and get to know the […]

Open Positions: Northern Spark Production Staff

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
04.20.2017

We are looking for several individuals for the Northern Spark 2017 Production team!  Northern Spark is a free all-night art festival exploring the effects of climate change through participatory projects happening in neighborhoods along Metro Transit’s Green Line. From sunset on June 10 to sunrise on June 11, Northern Spark will illuminate and draw audiences […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – April 13th

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
04.14.2017

Same festival, new title The spirit of Northern Spark 2017 lies in the idea of collective action; of everyday tasks, intentions, big and small movements we can do together to make the change we need to see for a healthier environment. When we launched this theme in 2016, we conceptualized a movement from chaos to rising, in […]

Open Position: Volunteer Lead

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
04.13.2017

Northern Spark – Volunteer Lead Stipend: $500 Reports to: Volunteer Coordinator Location: West Bank (Somali Language Required) Commitment: May 20th – Volunteer Lead Training Late May – Doorknocking Support June 10th – Event Day (6pm -6am) Optional Commitments: While not required, we have several opportunities before and after the festival to unwind, share stories, and get to know […]

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