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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.

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, […]

Northern Spark 2019 Open Call for Artists

Author
Teeko Yang
Post
11.15.2018

Northern Spark 2019 Open Call for Artists Application Deadline: Monday, January 14th, 2019 at 11:59 pm CST Download the call here. Table of Content SUMMARY THEME ELIGIBILITY SUBMISSION FORM ARTIST WORKSHOPS TYPES OF PROJECTS LOCATIONS KEY CRITERIA BUDGET APPLICATION MATERIALS SELECTION PROCESS AND TIME NEIGHBORHOOD CONTEXT FAQs SUMMARY Northern Spark 2019 is taking place on […]

Northern Spark 2019 Neighborhoods

Author
Teeko Yang
Post
11.15.2018

Northern Spark is a mobile arts festival that works within, alongside, and for communities. This year, we’re honored to celebrate and investigate the matters of our time with organizations and people from the communities that have welcomed us in. Northern Spark 2019 will be located in Rondo, and American Indian Cultural Corridor, in addition to […]

Northern Spark 2019 Theme

Author
Teeko Yang
Post
11.15.2018

Northern Spark 2019 Theme   We are Here: Resilience, Renewal & Regeneration “You are here”. We encounter these words on maps all over the world, maybe with an arrow and a dot. They are often found on a kiosk in the middle of a mall or the edge of a park. We find them in […]

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 […]

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