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At Northern we believe that art is what the world needs now. By supporting artists, we're investing in opportunities to come together, explore ideas, heal, and grow.

Through commissions, mentorships and a community-focused festival, we create opportunities to imagine new interactions between artists, people and places.

Sequoia Hauck, ingiw mekwendamowaad ziibi: the ones who remember the river, June 11, 2022, Northern Spark 2022. Photo: Gisell Calderón

Northern Spark is our beloved late-night public arts festival that this year highlighted the role of artists as truth tellers, dreamers, seekers of information. We focused on art's place as a necessary anchor during the ever-present uncertainty of our times and the impossible tangibility of the future. One thing is for certain: we know we will always need art to fuel our souls.

Empowering artists as curators and planners is also a key piece of our work. This year we convened the 5th generation of our Artist Council, a dynamic group of community-rooted artists working in all disciplines. This crew worked with Northern Lights staff to dream up and execute the 2022 Northern Spark festival.

The Art(ists) On the Verge fellowship for Minnesota artists working experimentally in public space is currently being revisioned to meet the needs of more artists. Help us bring it back!

Host John Gebretatose adeptly answering phones during the Northern Telethon

After its success last year, the Northern Telethon returned this fall. We worked with a big crew of artists to produce a rollicking fun variety show to raise funds for our programs.

Your tax-deductible donation makes a big difference, helping us to reach more audiences, support more artists, and sustain Northern Spark and Art(ists) On the Verge. Thank you!

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1360 University Ave W Suite 104-129
Saint Paul, MN 55104



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