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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.

We Are the Artists of AICC

Author
Winston Heckt
Post
05.9.2019

We Are the Artists of AICC Sketch of Northern Spark installation of Manifest’o, courtesy of Jonathan Thunder.   The following projects by Minnesota-based Indigenous and Latinx artists were curated in partnership with Native American Community Development Institute, Northern Lights.mn and the Program Council, to be presented on June 14 & 15 at Northern Spark in […]

Relationships and Reciprocity

Author
Winston Heckt
Post
05.9.2019

Relationships and Reciprocity When we sat down with the staff at Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) in spring of 2018 to talk about working together on a node of Northern Spark along Franklin Avenue for 2019, NACDI’s COO Ed Minnema spoke about living by the value of reciprocity. He asked us an important question: […]

The next ten years

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
04.29.2019

The next ten years Life at Northern Lights.mn is never static. We like to try new things – sometimes seemingly impossible things – and to learn from them, iterate, converse, revise, try it again, adjust, repeat. Change has always been part of our DNA. In this spirit, we are excited and humbled to announce a […]

Northern Spark 2019 Rondo Projects Spotlight

Author
Winston Heckt
Post
04.17.2019

Northern Spark 2019 Rondo Projects Spotlight   Each year we put out an Open Call to invite artists to propose interactive installations for Northern Spark inspired by the festival theme. The following four projects selected by the Program Council, Neighborhood Partners and festival staff to be presented at Hallie Q. Brown Community Center on June 14 […]

Partnerships in Rondo for Northern Spark 2019

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
04.16.2019

Partnerships in Rondo for Northern Spark 2019 The Library inside the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center is an inspiring place to spend an afternoon. Books on African American history line the shelves below portraits of the Center’s previous executive directors and founding board members. Exhibits and old maps sketch the image of a thriving African […]

Welcome Northern Spark 2019 Apprentices!

Author
Sarah Peters
Post
04.16.2019

This year we launched a paid Apprenticeship Program to share the knowledge we’ve built over the years of producing Northern Spark and to foster an exchange of skills and knowledge in the communities where the festival is taking place. Festival apprentices get an inside view at how a large public event comes to be, and […]

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 Jobs

Author
Teeko Yang
Post
02.19.2019

NORTHERN SPARK 2019 PRODUCTION CREW JOBS The Northern Spark festival takes place on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 from 9 pm to 2 am each night. We are looking for candidates with technical experience who can think on their feet and work collaboratively with a team. Read more about Northern Spark below.  The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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