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.
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 […]
Northern Spark by the numbers
45,398 visits to the Northern Spark 2019 website 11,808 steps walked by a NS volunteer in the Commons 4,500 printed maps 3,442 free Metro Transit rides 600 Americans for the Arts conference attendees 297 Poetry People / People Poetry photos taken 240 sandbags deployed 60 walkie talkies used 55 Production team members 46 volunteers 31 artist projects […]
Staff Highlights from Northern Spark 2019
Staff Highlights from Northern Spark 2019 Northern Spark is as fun for the Northern Lights.mn team as it is for the artists and audience members. Here are our highlights from the weekend: Steve Dietz, Co-Director “There is something amazing about closing down a city street no matter what, but make it nighttime and […]
We Are the Artists of AICC
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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 […]