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Public Address is a platform for wide-ranging discussion of innovative projects, and practices.

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.

Catch-A-Train Photo Contest | Win Two Launch Party Tickets!

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
03.2.2017

Andrea Carlson has created a stunning train wrap design entitled Water Is Life for the METRO Green Line, promoting Northern Spark 2017. The train is currently speeding along the tracks between Minneapolis and Saint Paul. We challenge you, talented and creative friends, to capture a photo of our train–and we’ll select the best one to go in […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – February

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
02.9.2017

Water Is Life Andrea Carlson, design for “Water Is Life” Metro Transit train wrap It’s a simple fact. Without water, we would not be able to live. Water is life. We are thrilled to announce that for Northern Spark 2017 (June 10), Andrea Carlson is designing a special “train wrap” for a Metro Transit light-rail car, which will be […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – January

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
01.12.2017

B-Lectric Northern Lights.mn sees winter as a defining key to our cultural imagination, one that must be cherished even as its existence is threatened by global climate change. That’s why we’re teaming up with Uptown’s French bistro, Barbette, to host B-Lectric, a winter celebration of art and light this January. During this one-day winter street festival, Northern […]

Open Position: Volunteer Coordinator

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
12.21.2016

Northern Spark is a one-night, all-night participatory arts festival that lights up the Twin Cities on the second Saturday of June. Now in it’s 7th year, Northern Spark – presented by Northern Lights.mn – will take place on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 along the LRT Green Line spanning Downtown Minneapolis and Lowertown St. Paul. This […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – December

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
12.13.2016

Apply for Art(ists) on the Verge 9 Joshua D. McGarvey, Soap Antenna for the Sun, AOV7 fellowship. Photo: Rik Sferra The call for Art(ists) on the Verge 9 (AOV9) is now open. AOV9 will take place from March 2017 – April 2018. Art(ists) On the Verge is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for 5 Minnesota-based, emerging artists or artist […]

Open Position: Northern Spark Assistant Producer

Author
Ady8182
Post
12.8.2016

Northern Spark is a one-night, all-night participatory arts festival that lights up the Twin Cities on the second Saturday of June. Now in it’s 7th year, Northern Spark – presented by Northern Lights.mn – will take place on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 along the Metro Transit Light Rail Green Line spanning Downtown Minneapolis and Lowertown […]

Open Position: Northern Spark Technical Director

Author
Ady8182
Post
12.8.2016

Northern Spark is a one-night, all-night participatory arts festival that lights up the Twin Cities on the second Saturday of June. Now in it’s 7th year, Northern Spark – presented by Northern Lights.mn – will take place on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 along the Metro Transit Light Rail Green Line spanning Downtown Minneapolis and Lowertown […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – November

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
11.11.2016

A Message From Our Staff Dear Reader, You could say that Tuesday night we experienced the political equivalent of a 1,000 year storm, a storm that seemed to come out of nowhere but that in reality is something we made. It is dismaying to contemplate a government that acts as if climate change is a hoax when we can […]

Art(ists) On the Verge 9 Call for Proposals

Author
Ady8182
Post
11.10.2016

Northern Lights.mn announces a call for a ninth round of Art(ists) on the Verge commissions (AOV9), which will take place from March 2017 – April 2018. AOV is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for 5 Minnesota-based, emerging artists working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices […]

Northern Lights.mn mini Newsletter – Even More Artist Opportunities!

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
11.2.2016

Announcing the Fifth Annual Creative City Challenge Christopher Lutter, Heid E. Erdrich, Coal Dorius, Kim Ford, Paul Tinetti, Karl Stoerzinger, and Ian Knodel, Wolf and Moose — 2016 Creative City Challenge winner. Photo: Jayme Halbritter. The Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Program of the City of Minneapolis in collaboration with The Commons and Northern Lights.mn and […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – October

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
10.14.2016

October AAA: What is the Anthropocene? Photo: Beyond Neon, Worried Snow Monkey, [Flickr] is licensed under CC BY 2.0. AAA: What is the Anthropocene? Wednesday, October 19th, 7-8pm Fulton Taproom 414 6th Ave N, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401 Facebook event Perhaps you’ve heard of our new club AAA: Anthropocene Awareness Association, and maybe you’ve been at a party and overheard […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – September

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
09.15.2016

Feeling Overwhelmed about Climate Change? Join AAA: Anthropocene Awareness Association Image: Holbergsgade Cyclists by Tony Webster [Flickr] is licensed under CC BY 2.0 We’ve entered the Anthropocene — a new planetary age when human activities exert a dominant influence on Earth’s geology and ecosystems. As a way of exploring (and coping) with this reality, Northern Lights.mn invites you […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – August

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
09.6.2016

IN Light IN Northern Lights.mn is heading to Indianapolis! Check out IN Light IN, a historic “100 year event” in Indianapolis, August 26 and 27 from 9 pm to 1 am. From interactive projection mapping of the largest Scottish Rite cathedral in the US to projected documentation of the oldest African American church in Indianapolis. From shadow sculptures […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – July

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
09.5.2016

    Visit Us at Summer 4Play @Fort Snelling State Park Robin Schwartzman and Desiree Moore, Minnesotan Ice. Northern Spark 2016. Photo: Dusty Hoskovec Northern Spark @ Summer 4Play Saturday, July 30 at Fort Snelling State Park 11am – 4pm More details on Facebook. Northern Lights.mn returns to Fort Snelling State Park this July with a bevy […]

Business Manager

Author
mediachef
Post
08.11.2016

Help Northern Spark take care of business. We are looking for an energetic individual with good communication skills willing to sell the arts as critical to the region and help identify and implement ways for the Twin Cities community to support Northern Spark. From sponsorships to food vendors to merchandise to advertising, you will be a key member of the Northern Spark team, helping to make this annual festival a successful and sustainable event. More information

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