Northern Lights.mn supports emerging and established artists creating innovative art in the public sphere. Join us with your support today.
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Northern Lights.mn supports emerging and established artists in the creation and presentation of art in the public sphere. Our platforms focus on innovative uses of technology, old and new, to imagine new interactions between audience, artwork and place. Through public commissions, mentorships, and exhibition opportunities we incite artists to explore expanded possibilities for civic engagement, and encourage pluralistic community.
We work year-round to create opportunities for artists and audiences alike.
Northern Spark, Art(ists) On the Verge, Creative City Challenge, Neighbors by Way of Water, Union Depot's Public Art, and many more projects each year-- these are the platforms we create to connect audiences to innovative public art, and to support artists as they continue to develop their craft and ideas.
Northern Spark is our most visible public program-- a giant, all-night contemporary art festival that we produce the second Saturday of each June. Presenting public art projects in partnership with more than 40 local arts and culture organizations, each Northern Spark shows our beloved urban environments in a new light. In 2013 more than 45,000 people converged on St Paul's Lowertown neighborhood to experience performance, temporary installation, projection and participatory art created by a wide range of Minnesota artists and organizations, including Chris Larson, Monica Haller, Piotr Szyhalski, John Keston, Works Progress, Seitu Jones, Daniel Dean and Ben Moran, Off-Leash Area, Forecast Public Art, Mizna, Hmong Center for Art and Talent, Irrigate and Springboard for the Arts, and many more.
This year Northern Spark returns to to Minneapolis. Your support now helps us continue to create a platform for participation for artists of all career levels and organizations of all sizes.
Art(ists) On the Verge is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for 5 Minnesota-based, emerging artists or artist groups working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture. AOV is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation. We support artists at this critical point in their careers with intensive mentor resources and rigorous critique, skill development and technical support, and funding and an exhibition opportunity for a project that stretches capacity and achieves a new level of artistic accomplishment. The AOV experience is designed to be a watershed artistic experience that launches its fellows into a new career stage, opening the door to new opportunities for them and creating an annual opportunity for Minnesota audiences to experience innovative, provocative, media-based art.
Northern Lights has commissioned, co-commissioned and co-presented many extraordinary artists as part of our work creating art experiences for Minnesota audiences in partnership with organizations such as the Minneapolis Convention Center and City of Minneapolis, Union Depot and Ramsey County, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, and the Minnesota State Fair.
Your support makes Northern Lights.mn possible.
Together we support innovative artists, spark important ideas, and build supportive audiences. And we need your help to keep all of these great programs going.
Your gift during Give to the Max makes a big difference for the coming year, helping us to reach more audiences, support more artists and sustain Northern Spark annually.