Creative City Challenge winner debuts at Northern Spark June 10

Come for the opening ceremony, and stay up all night in the name of art. Northern Spark, the annual dusk-to-dawn arts festival, kicks off with an opening ceremony in downtown Minneapolis June 10. The event will feature poetry, music from the MacPhail North Side Community Choir, and Mayor Betsy Hodges introducing “Orbacles” along with the artists who created it: MINN_LAB, the Creative City Challenge winners. Beginning at 8:30 p.m., the opening ceremony launches the entire festival and activates many more creative projects in The Commons at Portland Avenue and Fourth Street. The ceremony is free and open to the public. This is the first large-scale community event in the park.

Under this year’s Northern Spark theme of Climate Chaos | People Rising, “Orbacles” connects directly with visitors about climate change through the story of birds and the language of our senses. The interactive orbs communicate the interconnected transformation of land and water and the anticipated shift of birds due to species loss and species migration related to climate effects.

The opening ceremony and creative projects in The Commons are presented by the City of Minneapolis and Northern Spark. This year marks the fifth annual Creative City Challenge, a collaboration among the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Program of the City of Minneapolis; the Commons; Northern and the Northern Spark festival.

From sunset June 10 to sunrise June 11, Northern Spark 2017 will explore the effects of climate change through participatory projects happening in neighborhoods along Metro Transit’s Green Line. Since 2011 thousands of Minnesotans and visitors have enjoyed the all-night arts festival illuminating public spaces and streets in Minneapolis and Saint Paul with video projections, temporary installations and experimental performances.


Published May 31, 2017



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