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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.

Get to know AOV11 artist, A.P. Looze

Author
Anthonia Eboreime
Post
09.10.2021

A.P. Looze (they/them) is a multi-disciplinary artist who surrenders to the unknown and believes in the healing power of the divine. For AOV11, Looze will expand upon a practice derived through the pandemic by creating a month-long immersive ceremony that will illuminate ancestral, descendant, and earth wisdom channeled through the medium of a flower: the rose. […]

Get to know AOV11 artist, Kelley Meister

Author
Anthonia Eboreime
Post
09.10.2021

Kelley Meister (ze/hir) is an interdisciplinary artist who uses drawings, sculpture, and time-based art to build transformative experiences and environments that encourage empathy through a shared emotional experience or exploration. Stay tuned to hotzone.kelleymeister.com for updates, to learn more, and hop on the ride! Here are a few questions we asked Kelley Meister to get to […]

The Future River: Call for Augmented Reality (AR) Project Proposals

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
09.10.2021

The Future River: Call for Augmented Reality (AR) Project Proposals Find a downloadable version of this call here. Phase 1 deadline: 11:59 pm CST, October 31, 2021 Introduction Northern Lights.mn with long-time partners Mississippi Park Connection and the National Park Service are excited to announce a new opportunity for artists to engage with the Mississippi River […]

SPRING HOWL TELETHON

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
03.16.2021

Northern Lights.mn announces the Spring Howl Telethon, a live televised variety show produced by Northern Lights.mn partner Minnesota Community Network Channel 6 (MCN6) to support Northern Spark and Northern Lights.mn programming. Featuring: John Gebretatose of HUGE Improv Theater and Blackout Improv as host! 26BATS! as house band! Ifrah Mansour as Spring Howl poet! Sami Pfeffer […]

Essay on Madweyaashka: Waves Can Be Heard

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
02.17.2021

This essay was commissioned for the debut of Madweyaashka: Waves Can Be Heard by Moira Villiard in February 2021 as part of Illuminate the Lock.     Resilient: Searching for Connections through Waves By Suenary Philavanh    “Resilience: for a Native woman living in an urban, concrete jungle, what does that look like?” Where St. Anthony Falls […]

Northern Spark 2021: Alchemy

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
01.7.2021

Northern Spark 2021: Alchemy June 12 – 27, 2021 This summer the Northern Spark festival returns and takes new forms: in the mail, online, and in person, focused on two neighborhoods in St. Paul for a two week span of time.  In past years during Northern Spark, tens of thousands of people have gathered throughout […]

Northern Spark 2021 Open Call for Mail Art Projects

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
01.6.2021

Northern Spark 2021 Open Call for Mail Art Projects Application Deadline: Monday, January 25, 2021, at 11:59 pm, Central Time. This call is now closed.  View or download a plain text PDF of this call here. WHAT IS NORTHERN SPARK? Northern Spark is a late-night participatory public arts festival that lights up the Twin Cities […]

The longest nights of the longest year

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
12.22.2020

  The long nights at this time of year mark a half-way point before the longest days of the year – a time when we are usually out in public with thousands of our friends enjoying art installations at Northern Spark. 2020 was going to be strange for Northern Lights.mn no matter what, with our […]

Wear your support for Northern Spark!

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
11.11.2020

On sale now: glow-in-the-dark Northern Spark gear! T-shirts come in kid and adult sizes; hoodies in adult sizes only.  Design is by veteran Northern Spark art director Matthew Rezac.  Shirts and hoodies will be printed at Elpis Enterprises, a non-profit that provides job training, work experience and job placement for homeless or precariously-housed young people ages […]

Relationships & Reciprocity: A Guide To Making Northern Spark

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
10.28.2020

We are excited and proud to announce the release of the collectively authored document Relationships & Reciprocity: A Guide to Making Northern Spark. Over the past year, the members of the 2019-2020 Artist Council (formerly known as the Program Council) met with Northern Lights.mn staff to dream, define and then draft a set of values […]

NL End of Summer 2020 Newsletter

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
09.3.2020

From Left: Katie Nyberg of Mississippi Park Connection, Dan Dressler of National Park Service, artist Moira Villiard and mentor artist Jonathan Thunder.  Photo description: Four people stand distanced from one another wearing masks and smiling at the camera. A brick building is behind them, along with the curves of the Hennepin Ave bridge over the […]

Job opening: Artist Council Manager – deadline extended

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
08.31.2020

Job Description: Northern Lights.mn Artist Council Manager  Deadline: September 11, 2020.  Deadline extended: September 20, 2020 To apply, send letter of interest with details of relevant experience to jobs@northern.lights.mn. Northern Lights.mn (NL) supports artists in the creation and presentation of art in the public sphere. Our largest and most visible program is the Northern Spark […]

Announcing the 2020 Upper St Anthony Falls Lock projection artists

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
07.23.2020

  We are excited to announce a lead and mentor artist for a winter illumination at the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock.  Moira Villiard, lead artist, is a self-taught, dynamic visual artist, Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe direct descendent, and current Minnesota-based community organizer.  Though early in her career, her proficiency is in a […]

Announcing Indigenous Projection Art Project coming this Winter

Author
Tyra Payer
Post
06.22.2020

Announcing Indigenous Projection Art Project coming this Winter Northern Lights.mn announces a new projection project to take place in Winter 2020 at the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. Owamni-yomni/Gakaabika is where the Lock and Dam currently sits and is in the homelands of the Dakota. In partnership with the Mississippi Park Connection, The […]

Early summer reflection from the Director

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
06.19.2020

Last weekend would have been the 10th Northern Spark festival had we not decided, back in October, to take a hiatus this year. The weather was near perfect, I couldn’t help but notice. After 9 years of obsessively checking weather apps in June, minding the radar screen of Dark Sky has become an early summer […]

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