The Wall

In the wake of an election that has left us facing such xenophobic rhetoric as “Build the Wall” and establishing a “Muslim Ban,” many activists have said that we must build bridges in order to make human connections and provide people with sanctuary, not walls. As Palestinian Americans witnessing the destruction of communities and diverse ethnic and ecological landscapes, both in the U.S. and internationally, artists Lamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah are interested in breaking down walls that should never have existed.

With the support of The Soap Factory, Abukhadra and Awadallah are working with Martin Gonzales to build a physical wall at the Prospect Park Community Garden, where it can be easily discovered and interacted with. The installation will culminate in a final interactive performance in which the lead artists will invite the community to break down ‘The Wall.’ Abukhadra, Awadallah, and Gonzales hope to ultimately convey that a concrete or metal facade is just that: a facade. A wall can divide and negatively define communities, landscapes, ecologies and livelihoods, but it can and will be dismantled by the subversive acts of our community.

FEATURING ARTWORK AND PERFORMANCES BY:
Martin Gonzales, Alec Lossiah, Ananya Dance Theatre, Lula Saleh, Joel Valdez, Sagirah Shahid, Karmel Sabri, Oscar de la Luna, Nailah Taman, Bella Yaga

Improvisation piece: Leila Awadallah, Louie Darang, Essma Imady, Marggie Ogas, Sarah Abdel Jalil, Colin Walker Wingate, Veera Vasandani, Itly Thayieng, Khadija Siddiqui, Seng Xiong, Pedro Pablo and Jordan Lee Thompson.

 

Project Location

Prospect Park Community Garden
2909 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Please be aware that due to construction access to the installation site is difficult to get to by car and parking in this area is limited, cycling and taking public transit are greatly encouraged. 

 

The Installation will be viewable, August 5th through August 20th, visitors are also welcome to attend on the following dates and times for performances and interactive events:

 

OPENING CEREMONY
August 5th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Performances, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

**Due to rain, the Opening Ceremony and Performances have been moved to August 13th, 6:30-8:30pm

Prospect Park Community Garden
2909 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

PAINT THE WALL
August 19th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Prospect Park Community Garden
2909 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Artists, Lamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah, invite participants to leave their mark on ‘The Wall’. Join us August 13th, 2 – 5pm, for a day of painting and participation. Abukhadra and Awadallah hope participants will use this opportunity to transform a physical representation of the divisive rhetoric the country has experienced this last year. The public is welcome to tag, mark, graffiti their thoughts, feelings, or stories – whatever they wish to contribute to the visual conversation. Please feel free to participate using paint, or by convening with your communities.

 

PERFORMANCE NIGHT
August 13th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Prospect Park Community Garden
2909 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

CLOSING RECEPTION/ DESTROY THE WALL
August 20th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Prospect Park Community Garden
2909 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Artists, Lamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah, invite the public in participating in the destruction of ‘The Wall’. A concrete or metal wall is just a facade, it can and will be dismantled collectively by those very communities it was build to divide. Grab your hammer, and let’s break a barrier that divides us.  

 

About the Artists

Lamia Abukhadra is a Palestinian American artist based in Minneapolis. She is interested in the idea of art as a vessel of expression, communication, identity, and culture for and between disenfranchised communities. Her art aims to dismantle harmful dominant narratives that cultivate and celebrate acts of colonialism, occupation, and genocide in Palestine and the Arab world through personal stories and historical events. Her work has been featured by Altered Aesthetics, the University of Minnesota T.R. Anderson Gallery, and the Quarter Gallery.

Leila Awadallah is a Palestinian-American dance artist and creator located in the Twin Cities. She explores movement by imagining where sensations begin, starting from deep within the body, and how they migrate through the body in order to release energy. She crafts work built with the intention of nuancing, complicating, and working to subvert narratives about Palestine. Her work has been presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. (2016) and in the Moultaqa Leymoun international dance festival in Beirut, Lebanon (2017). Her movement film Reflections On Ice received a SAGE Award (2016). She is in her fourth year as a company member of Ananya Dance Theatre.

Listen to the Podcast here.

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

LEYYA MONA TAWIL: DESTROY// MINNEAPOLIS

Destroy//   

A new ritual for new times.

Leyya Tawil builds the work on location in one day with local artists.

In performance, the dance destroys itself.

In collaboration with local dancers and musicians, dance artist and composer, Leyya Mona Tawil, will bring her day long performance, ‘Destroy// All Places’, to The Soap Factory. ‘Destroy// All Places’ is a new ritual for new times. The performance is composed, but untethered. The artists attempt a score imbedded with mechanisms that make its execution increasingly impossible, forcing the material into stages of deterioration and evolution. ‘Destroy// All Places’ began in San Francisco in 2012, and has since visited over 23 cities including Saint Petersburg, Rome, Cairo and Athens.  Over 100 artists have participated in the project internationally.

Tawil’s project for The Soap Factory, ‘Destroy// Minneapolis,’ is a metaphor for renewal and resistance. The health of a city is dependent on change; a change that requires destruction as part of the life cycle.

LOCATION/TIME

This performance will take outside of The Soap Factory on 5th st.

Performance will run from 8:00pm-10:30pm

 

Participating Musicians:

Milo Fine (percussion)

Cyrus Pireh (electric guitar)

Benjamin J Mansavage Klein (tuba)

 

Participating Twin Cities Dancers:

Leila Awadallah

Amelia Morris

Nicole Stumpf

Jenn Pray

Laura Levinson

Ben Swenson-Klatt

Non Edwards

Pedro Pablo Lander

Abby Taylor

Gabriel Mata

Rachel Horner

Halie Bahr

Erin Drummond

Tera Kilbride

H. Uyen Nguyen

Sarah Finley

 

About the Artist

Leyya Mona Tawil, Artistic Director of DANCE ELIXIR, is an artist working with dance and music practices. Her performance scores have been presented in 16 countries; highlights include New York Live Arts/Live Ideas (NYC), After the Last Sky Festival (Berlin), TransDance15 (Cairo), Bimhuis (Amsterdam) and the Museum of Nonconformist Arts (Saint Petersburg). Tawil’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, American Theater Magazine, Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence and PAJ-Journal of Performance and Art.

 

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

Rethinking Public Spaces: Juxtaposition Arts

This summer Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) will build on the momentum they’ve created over the last 3 years around the celebration of Black August by combining the respective placemaking and art-based engagement skill sets of JXTA’s Public Arts, Tactical, and Environmental Design studios; using these skills to bring 2017 Black August programming outdoors on the intersection of Emerson and West Broadway Avenues in North Minneapolis. To set the stage, and in celebration of black life, JXTALab’s Public Art & Mural Teen apprentices will create a new on-site mural. This new mural imagines black life beyond surveillance and policing, while referencing the aesthetic style of Aaron Douglas.

Please join us July 29th, during FLOW, the North Minneapolis Art Crawl, for outdoor programming and the unveiling of JXTA’s newly completed mural.

Public Art Apprentices:

Namir Fearce, Jahliah Holloman, Nya Jones, Kyla McCuren-Porter, Maná McBurnie, Savitri Mann, Imani Gates, Cameron Downey, and Salem Anderson-Murre.

Juxtaposition Arts

Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) is a youth development organization and a social enterprise located in North Minneapolis. JXTA envisions the youth of North Minneapolis entering the creative workforce as dynamic innovators and problem solvers with the confidence, skills and connections they need to accomplish their educational and professional goals, and to contribute to the revitalization of the communities where they live and work.  

Website //  www.juxtapositionarts.org

 

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

The Neighborhood Mixtape Tour

The Neighborhood Mixtape Tour takes the concept of the classic mixtape, which channels feelings and ideas through curated musical playlists, and applies this mode of communication to paint an audio-portrait of Minneapolis neighborhoods’ character and characteristics. This bus tour invites you to experience a series neighborhoods interpreted by residents through playlists and commentaries showcasing their neighborhood’s unique flavor and essence.

TIME

Wednesday, August 30th, 6:00pm

STARTING LOCATION

The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

This is a bus tour, we will be meeting at The Soap Factory and then taking a bus to the other tour locations.

About Common Room

Common Room is a series of artist-led tours of Twin Cities sites, with each tour themed around a specific concept that the group uses as a lens to explore facets of the urban geography — in the past, these themes have included cats, alleys, skyways, fishing, freeway construction, weather, community kitchens, personal memory, and many more. Common Room is the work by Sergio Vucci and Andy Sturdevant, along with a rotating lineup of contributors. Now in its eighth year, is using the occasion of the Rethinking Public Spaces project to expand the scope of its programming for this summer to travel beyond The Soap Factory, and various neighborhoods of the Twin Cities by foot, bicycle and bus. Common Room’s themes in 2017 will include silence, sacredness, islands, neighborhood music, and more.

About the Artists

Sergio Vucci is a Minneapolis-based artist. He is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his work focuses primarily on engaging his surroundings outside of gallery spaces and on relational interactions, co-authoring ephemeral creative experiences with participants in response to place.

Andy Sturdevant is an artist and writer living in Minneapolis. He is the author of two books of nonfiction, and his artistic projects have been exhibited at venues in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle and elsewhere.

Listen to the Podcast Here.

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

The Island Tour

The landscape of Minneapolis is home to many islands, both literal and metaphoric. On a walking tour — which will make an additional excursion onto open water — Common Room will explore some of these islands, and otherwise hear how the idea of an island is shaped by its surroundings. From the geopolitical ramifications of being an island nation to an exploration of how heat islands affect both human health and animal behavior, we’ll cross boundaries both natural and human-made on foot.

TIME

Wednesday, August 23rd, 6:00pm

STARTING LOCATION

Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

This is a walking tour, we will be meeting at the Nicollet Island Pavilion and then walking to the other locations, bring your tennies!

About Common Room

Common Room is a series of artist-led tours of Twin Cities sites, with each tour themed around a specific concept that the group uses as a lens to explore facets of the urban geography — in the past, these themes have included cats, alleys, skyways, fishing, freeway construction, weather, community kitchens, personal memory, and many more. Common Room is the work by Sergio Vucci and Andy Sturdevant, along with a rotating lineup of contributors. Now in its eighth year, is using the occasion of the Rethinking Public Spaces project to expand the scope of its programming for this summer to travel beyond The Soap Factory, and various neighborhoods of the Twin Cities by foot, bicycle and bus. Common Room’s themes in 2017 will include silence, sacredness, islands, neighborhood music, and more.

About the Artists

Sergio Vucci is a Minneapolis-based artist. He is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his work focuses primarily on engaging his surroundings outside of gallery spaces and on relational interactions, co-authoring ephemeral creative experiences with participants in response to place.

Andy Sturdevant is an artist and writer living in Minneapolis. He is the author of two books of nonfiction, and his artistic projects have been exhibited at venues in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle and elsewhere.

Listen to the Podcast Here.

 

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

The Sacred Space Tour

The Sacred Space Tour explores our relation to the idea of the sacred in our daily lives—both concrete and symbolic. This bus tour will stop at various locations, looking at public, intrapersonal, and internal sacred spaces, investigating how they operate, and their impacts on us and our city. What is sacredness? Where is it housed? What does it do? How do we access it? These are some of the underpinning questions spurring this journey.

TIME

Wednesday, August 16th, 6:00pm

STARTING LOCATION

The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE
Minneapolis, Mn 55414

This is a bus tour, we will be meeting at The Soap Factory and then taking a bus to the other tour locations.

About Common Room

Common Room is a series of artist-led tours of Twin Cities sites, with each tour themed around a specific concept that the group uses as a lens to explore facets of the urban geography — in the past, these themes have included cats, alleys, skyways, fishing, freeway construction, weather, community kitchens, personal memory, and many more. Common Room is the work by Sergio Vucci and Andy Sturdevant, along with a rotating lineup of contributors. Now in its eighth year, is using the occasion of the Rethinking Public Spaces project to expand the scope of its programming for this summer to travel beyond The Soap Factory, and various neighborhoods of the Twin Cities by foot, bicycle and bus. Common Room’s themes in 2017 will include silence, sacredness, islands, neighborhood music, and more.

About the Artists

Sergio Vucci is a Minneapolis-based artist. He is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his work focuses primarily on engaging his surroundings outside of gallery spaces and on relational interactions, co-authoring ephemeral creative experiences with participants in response to place.

Andy Sturdevant is an artist and writer living in Minneapolis. He is the author of two books of nonfiction, and his artistic projects have been exhibited at venues in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle and elsewhere.

Listen to the Podcast Here.

 

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

The Mediatheque Tour

Utilizing the collection of the Walker Art Center’s Mediatheque library of over 100 titles, Common Room will offer a progressive mobile screening across the Twin Cities. Various sites across town, both private and public, will be paired with short films selected with the assistance of Ruth Hodgins, the Walker’s Bentson Archivist and Programmer. Running the gamut from experimental films to documentary shorts, the tour will explore how world filmmakers have responded to the landscape and physical spaces over the past one hundred years. Total ride will be approximately 2.5 – 3 hours, and be about a 5-mile round trip. Alternative transportation is available upon request. Participants should bring swimming trunks and a towel. Please note this will have a later start.

TIME

Wednesday, August 9th, 8:30pm

**Due to rain this tour has been rescheduled for September 6th, 7:30pm

STARTING LOCATION

Lake Nokomis Main Beach
4955 W Lake Nokomis Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55417

This is a bike tour, please bring a bike to ride or use a bike from a Nice Ride station, the nearest station to our meetup location is located at 2029 E Minnehaha Pkwy.

About Common Room

Common Room is a series of artist-led tours of Twin Cities sites, with each tour themed around a specific concept that the group uses as a lens to explore facets of the urban geography — in the past, these themes have included cats, alleys, skyways, fishing, freeway construction, weather, community kitchens, personal memory, and many more. Common Room is the work by Sergio Vucci and Andy Sturdevant, along with a rotating lineup of contributors. Now in its eighth year, is using the occasion of the Rethinking Public Spaces project to expand the scope of its programming for this summer to travel beyond The Soap Factory, and various neighborhoods of the Twin Cities by foot, bicycle and bus. Common Room’s themes in 2017 will include silence, sacredness, islands, neighborhood music, and more.

About the Artists

Sergio Vucci is a Minneapolis-based artist. He is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his work focuses primarily on engaging his surroundings outside of gallery spaces and on relational interactions, co-authoring ephemeral creative experiences with participants in response to place.

Andy Sturdevant is an artist and writer living in Minneapolis. He is the author of two books of nonfiction, and his artistic projects have been exhibited at venues in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle and elsewhere.

Listen to the Podcast Here.

 

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

The Silent Tour

In an increasingly frenetic world, Common Room carves out an island of quietude with this walking tour. The Silent Tour explores our relation to each other and our surroundings without words—how does this change our experience of our world, how challenging is it to be silent, can we even not communicate? Taking cues from John Cage’s 4’33” (Silent Symphony) and mindfulness meditations, The Silent Tour will embark from The Soap Factory, exploring our external and internal landscapes quietly, together.

TIME

Wednesday, August 2nd, 6:00pm

STARTING LOCATION

The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE
Minneapolis, Mn 55414

This is a walking tour, be sure to wear your comfy sneaks.

 

About Common Room

Common Room is a series of artist-led tours of Twin Cities sites, with each tour themed around a specific concept that the group uses as a lens to explore facets of the urban geography — in the past, these themes have included cats, alleys, skyways, fishing, freeway construction, weather, community kitchens, personal memory, and many more. Common Room is the work by Sergio Vucci and Andy Sturdevant, along with a rotating lineup of contributors. Now in its eighth year, is using the occasion of the Rethinking Public Spaces project to expand the scope of its programming for this summer to travel beyond The Soap Factory, and various neighborhoods of the Twin Cities by foot, bicycle and bus. Common Room’s themes in 2017 will include silence, sacredness, islands, neighborhood music, and more.

About the Artists

Sergio Vucci is a Minneapolis-based artist. He is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his work focuses primarily on engaging his surroundings outside of gallery spaces and on relational interactions, co-authoring ephemeral creative experiences with participants in response to place.

Andy Sturdevant is an artist and writer living in Minneapolis. He is the author of two books of nonfiction, and his artistic projects have been exhibited at venues in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle and elsewhere.

Listen to the Podcast Here.

 

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

Laura Brown: COMING SOON!

The Soap Factory presents COMING SOON!, an outdoor installation by artist, Laura Brown. Brown will install screen printed faux construction signs around the perimeter of the Soap Factory during the upcoming building renovation. The shapes and placement of each print will allude to common safety signs found in construction zones. In this way the pieces will act as artworks hidden in plain sight to activate the exterior and build anticipation for the soon-to-be renovated Soap Factory building.

In addition to the installation, Laura will host open air studio sessions, inviting the public to print signs of solidarity, protest, or encouragement that relate to their day-to-day experiences in a wider world that is in various states of literal and metaphorical ‘renovation’.

Dates of Open Air Studio Sessions:

Saturday, July 1st, 12-4pm

Saturday, August 12th, 12-4pm

Artist Bio

Laura Brown is a printmaker, book artist, collaborator and teacher. Her work examines human relationships and memory through the lenses of geography, movement, and time. She has held residencies at the Myren Graffikk in Kristiansand, Norway; the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California; Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York. Additionally, her work appears in collections at Yale University and the Library of Congress, among others. In May, she received an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin

 

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE.

 

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

The all-night Twin Cities art festival Northern Spark returns once again with the theme of climate, this year running all along the Green Line. At one end Mizna and The Soap Factory will present a mesmerizing 10-foot-round sculpture by Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri, who’s featured in Mizna’s recent environment-themed journal issue with a spotlight on her first Alien Technology piece in Dubai.

‘Alien Technology’ II is a new frontier for Mizna, undertaken locally with fabrication by specialist craftsman Trever Nicholas and a long-term exhibition after the festival at co-presenter The Soap Factory.
The project will start out at this year’s Northern Spark Arts Festival from June 10th sunset to June 11th sunrise. During the festival the piece will be located at The Commons Park by U.S. Bank Stadium, 425 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, Mn 55415. After the festival the piece will be relocated outside of The Soap Factory (514 2nd St SE, Minneapolis 55414) until mid to late next year.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

“Big oil”–images of faceless corporations, drilling operations in far-flung territories, pipelines and spills, the Gulf of Mexico, the Persian Gulf, global industries, limited resources. But this sublimely out-of-proportion sculpture of an oil drill bit alludes to much more. Come step into its monolithic orbit; conjure its multiple meanings through a close encounter.

Alien Technology II is Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri’s second large-scale piece about the Gulf’s- and her own family’s- pearl diving past, the massive oil industry that displaced it, and their shared environments, narratives and aesthetics–pearls and oil are two rare, uniquely iridescent materials. Their physical and geographic overlaps suggest deeper entwinements the artist draws us to explore.

The Gulf pearl industry is invisible to most, a forgotten history after the economic transformation triggered by oil. But for possibly 2,000 years previous, the coastal Gulf economy was largely based on pearls. Pearl diving, trading, even pearl music: culture founded on a coveted resource, like oil.

With entrancing colors and strange appendages, Al Qadiri’s giant shimmering drill bit also evokes bioluminescent marine life, or some futuristic organic machine–alien technology, forged here through a history of pearls, an era of oil, and an environmental future open and unknown.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

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Monira Al Qadiri is a Kuwaiti visual artist born in Senegal and educated in Japan. In 2010, she received a Ph.D. in inter-media art from Tokyo University of the Arts, where her research was focused on the aesthetics of sadness in the Middle-East stemming from poetry, music, art and religious practices. Her work explores unconventional gender identities, petro-cultures and their possible futures, as well as their legacies of corruption. She is also part of the artist collective GCC. www.moniraalqadiri.com

ABOUT MIZNA

Mizna, founded in the Twin Cities nearly 20 years ago, publishes the biannual lit journal Mizna: Prose, Poetry, and Art Exploring Arab America, the only publication of its kind. Mizna also produces the annual Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, one of the largest and oldest in the country, offers Arabic and drumming classes and workshops, and presents other multidisciplinary art projects and community events involving a diverse range of local, national, and international Arab artists and thinkers. More at www.mizna.org

ABOUT NORTHERN SPARK

From sunset on June 10 to sunrise on June 11, Northern Spark 2017 is a free all-night art festival exploring the effects of climate change through participatory projects happening in neighborhoods along Metro Transit’s Green Line, connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul. Experience the largest Northern Spark yet, with nearly 70 art projects organized around neighborhood nodes: Cedar Riverside/West Bank, Weisman Art Museum/East Bank, Little Africa/Snelling, Rondo/Lexington, and Little Mekong/ Western. In downtown Minneapolis the festival moves from its usual river location to The Commons, the new green space at Portland and 5th, and culminates in Saint Paul at Union Depot, the Green Line terminus in Lowertown.

Since 2011 thousands of Minnesotans and visitors have enjoyed Northern Spark, an annual all-night arts festival illuminating public spaces and streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul with video projections, temporary installations and experimental performances. Northern Spark is produced by Northern Lights.mn, a Twin Cities arts organization whose work ranges from large-scale public art platforms like Northern Spark to Art(ists) On the Verge, a yearlong mentorship program for 5 emerging artists working with innovative uses of technology. They support artists in the creation and presentation of art in the public sphere, such as at St. Paul’s Union Depot (Amateur Intelligence Radio), “choir karaoke” at the Minnesota State Fair (Giant Sing Along) and most recently Words For Winter, programming poetry into the construction landscape along Nicollet Mall. Through projects such as Ruination: City of Dust, a location-based environmental mystery game played on bicycles along Minnehaha Creek, and the monthly climate conversation series, Anthropocene Awareness Association, their work helps audiences explore expanded possibilities for civic engagement through art. www.2017.northernspark.org