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.
Public art in the (virtual) neighborhood
We’ve been on #StayAtHomeMN orders here in Minnesota for 6.5 weeks as of today. Here at NL we’re fortunate to be able to shift our work to the virtual sphere, and in doing so we’ve found our way into new modes of communication and connection with artists and collaborators. By some luck of the universe, […]
Join us for a generosity spree! #GiveAtHomeMN, May 1-8
Northern Lights.mn is taking part in #GiveAtHomeMN, a week-long generosity spree! This state-wide campaign aims to support the arts, schools and non-profits who provide essential services to Minnesotans and beyond – especially now, through online programming. We believe that art and culture is always essential, even in times of crisis. As arts organizations we […]
A Message From Our Founder, Steve Dietz
It’s hard to believe that 12 years ago this fall, Northern Lights.mn presented its first proto-Northern Spark festival, The UnConvention, a collaboration of local and national cultural organizations and citizens exploring the creative intersection of participatory media and participatory democracy. Ever since we have endeavored to build Northern Lights as a platform for artists […]
Spring Howl 2020: A Virtual Art Experience
Join us (online) for a Spring Howl! Spring Howl: a virtual art experience Available online April 4 – 30 Online Art Experience Ticket: $25 Click here for tickets. Featuring: a coming together: a performance for our time By Hawona Sullivan Janzen and Kathy McTavish Due to the changes around is in light of […]
Art(ists) On The Verge 10 Show on view now through February
Thank you to everyone who attended our artist talks & panel for the AOV10 show at Rochester Art Center! We had a great audience show up to meet the artists and see their work. Didn’t get to attend? No problem! The show is still on view now from February 8, 2020. Find more information at Rochester […]
Northern Spark Community Survey
“[Northern Spark] exposes me and the community to a variety of art forms we wouldn’t otherwise see – in a space that creates a shared experience and brings people together.” –Northern Spark Community Survey Respondent As we reflect and plan for the future of Northern Spark, we want to hear from you! Please tell us why […]
Announcing our 2019-2020 Program Council!
Our Program Council members are hard at work! These seven artists are working to review, plan, and envision strategies for the future of the Northern Spark festival. This strategic focus will culminate in a Strategic Framework for Community Engagement at Northern Spark that will inform planning processes for the festival in 2021 and beyond. Each member of 2019-2020 Council […]
Co-Director’s Column November 21, 2019 The unseen work of taking a pause. A little over a month ago we made the announcement that we’re taking a strategic hiatus from producing Northern Spark this summer, 2020. A lot of preparation when into that communique; with what feels like a degree of instability in certain sectors of […]
Press Release: Northern Lights.mn to Take a Year Off from the Northern Spark Festival in 2020 to Plan for the Future
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22nd, 2019 Northern Lights.mn to Take a Year Off from the Northern Spark Festival in 2020 to Plan for the Future The free public art festival will return to the Twin Cities in June 2021 after a year of strategic planning and leadership transition (Minneapolis, MN) October 22, 2019 — Northern […]
Frequently Asked Questions – Northern Spark Hiatus
FAQs Northern Lights.mn has announced a one year hiatus from our flagship program, Northern Spark, while the organization undergoes a leadership transition in 2020. (Read the full announcement here: http://northern.lights.mn/2019/10/important-news/ ) We are doing so in order to reflect on the previous nine years of dynamic and ever-changing Northern Spark festivals and plan for the […]
Important News about Northern Spark
Northern Lights.mn to Take a Year Off from the Northern Spark Festival in 2020 to Plan for the Future The free public art festival will return to the Twin Cities in June 2021 after a year of strategic planning and leadership transition. (Minneapolis, MN) October 22, 2019 — Northern Lights.mn is announcing a one year hiatus […]
Art(ists) on the Verge 11: Artists announced!
Northern Lights.mn announces the recipients of the 11th round of Art(ists) on the Verge commissions (AOV11). AOV11 is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for 4 Minnesota-based, emerging artists or artist groups working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory. New this year, the AOV11 cohort […]
Be an Art(ist) on the Verge!
Got an idea for site-specific art installation in the public realm? Want to work on interactivity or participation in your art work? Do you crave a community of artists for conversation and critique? Are you an emerging artist with an experimental practice? You may be an Art(ist) on the Verge! Art(ists) on the Verge is an intensive, mentor-based […]