Ai Minnesota’s sidewalk & parking lot become the gallery for interactive digital artwork and animations by Ai students and faculty.
Spark in the Park: Make a zine under the glowing “think” sign, and partake in luminescent games under the “wonder” sign. The two collide in a dance party on the hour.
Yarn-bomb your bike (or yourself) until you glow, or make your own luminary! Enjoy a Swedish-style hot dog and luminous live music by the Eclectic Ensemble, and off you go . . .
Ai Minnesota instructor and digital artist, Tim Armato, and UX Designer and musician, Brian Rowe create a continuously evolving photo and sound stream.
NOT TO SCALE is a performative large-scale installation that will happen during the course of the night. We invite viewers to look up and marvel at our message to the night sky.
333 SE Main Street
Discover an endangered landscape that challenges conventional green roof design and be awed by a spectral tamarack forest projection.
GLOWaBOUT combines the spirit of nostalgic neighborhood games and the Indian Holi Festival to create a wild event that glows, sparkles and excites!!
Join the Bell Museum of Natural History as we capture the night with sound, light, and art; learn stories of the stars; and call in the creatures of the night.
Join the Bell Museum of Natural History as we capture the night using sound, light and art; learning stories of the stars and calling in the creatures of the night.
Use a bat detector to hear the ultrasonic sounds a bat makes converted into a symphony of clicks and whirrs audible to human ears.
Take an interactive tour of the latest Earth and space science discoveries! We begin at the Earth and travel 13.7 billion years back in time to the limit of what astronomers can detect, and will visit any astronomical object you would like to see along the way.
Dakota science educator Jim Rock will take us on a comprehensive journey of the night sky as the indigenous people of Minnesota see and understand it.
Seven Minnesota artists will each sculpt a three-dimensional wooden object, which will be exhibited in the Cargill Lounge of the Walker Art Center and then liberated by sacrificial burning.
Experience the healing power of the arts—nature-based “retreats” with videography and guided imagery, drumming, movement mandalas, and more!
MacPhail gives life-changing music learning experiences to people of all ages and backgrounds, connecting with our community through music instruction and performances.
Mobile Experiential Cinema is a multi-location projected cinematic experience with live performance, explored while biking, through the lens of the mystery genre.
W River Parkway under Third Avenue Bridge
Swing Hall, Swing All: How do you like to go up in a swing? Up in the sky so dark? Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing you can do at Northern Spark!
Warm up the Greenway with a jazz concert, posters printed by bike, a 15-piece orchestra, and improvisational song, dance, and storytelling.
Midtown Greenway near the Midtown Bike Center
Shed your layers at a rare off-ice appearance by the Dance Shanty, where we collectively blur, pop and lock the boundaries between artists and observers.
Public social space is permanently changing. iLounge offers a social stage to create a temporary community for a minute, an hour or an evening. iLounge is instant, interim and interactive.
Contribute your artistic skills to sparkler conversations! As you spell out words with a sparkler, we photograph your words and document the conversations throughout the night.
Greenway near Lyndale Avenue, across from Vera’s Garden
See selections from the best of the MN-made shorts program at this year’s MSP International Film Festival at this late-night outdoor screening.
125 SE Main Street
Four Seasons Dance Studio jumpstarts the evening with swing dance demos at 9pm. A mix of styles to follow! Tap your toes and join us.
Electricity’s essential beauty, mystery and significance will be reasserted by a spectacular large-scale kinetic spark sculpture and accompanying video installation.
25 SE Main Street
Join us for an electric spectacle of magnetic lightning bugs and hand-printed lanterns along a glowing Lake Street. Stick around for live music and wood-fired pizza!
A series of shadow shows is performed inside a beautiful gypsy Vardoo. The performers play inside while viewers enjoy shiny shadow imaginary from the outside.
HOTTEA (Eric Rieger) will create a beautifully elaborate yarn installation in Target Park with collaborators and recycled materials.
The Wonder/Think Project offers a spontaneous glimpse into the lives of others by exploring what people worldwide are thinking about and wondering about right now.
201 SE Main Street
Door to the River: Enjoy a live sound/video performance that evolves and builds throughout the night. Cycling waves and rhythms overtake each other in this improvisational piece.
The ICE-Cycles Collective started at the Art Shanty Projects in 2012. These cyclists will roam the Greenway and other Northern Spark events promoting the bike as the ultimate form of year-round transportation and personal expression.
Follow the Jack Brass Band—a New Orleans–style brass band—as it performs in three locations on the Greenway. Meet at 9 pm near the Midtown Bike Center.
Shin’m Piñata is an interactive audiovisual environment. Colorful candy forms your body shape, then explodes in response to your movement.
I will travel through the festival zones on foot with a lantern, finishing at the river. I will lie down on my raft to rest, and my friends will convey me safely down the river.
TönöSauna is a mobile wood-burning sauna and new media platform with parametrically designed interiors where people can relax and learn.
Bikers will visit Northern Spark projects along the Midtown Greenway with GoPro video cameras. Live video feeds will be projected on the Midtown Bike Center and nearby walls.
Using the window of the Skyline Room as a screen, The Eye of the Walker watches over Minneapolis from dusk ’til dawn.
The Weisman Art Museum opens all its current exhibitions for the entire night. Take a flashlight tour with the Weisguides or visit your favorite masterpiece in the middle of the night. Free.
An attraction unlike any other*. The Greatest examines the idea of the spectacle before the spectacle and the strangely compelling social role that anticipation plays in adding gas to the fire of wonder.
Join us to hear local stories of the strange and unexplained, as well as share your own. Be careful though, once you find out what’s in your neighborhood you may not want to return home until morning!
Learn how a dozen artists, designers, and entrepreneurs, all MCAD alumni, have transformed the cultural landscape in Minnesota and beyond.
Observation Tape Deck: listen to a collage of recorded messages at the top of the historic Foshay Tower, then leave your own behind for others.
Watch bikers participate in the Greenway Glow, a fundraiser for the Midtown Greenway Coalition. Bikers will compete to see who can get the most lights—and most creative lights—on their bikes. The ride will start soon after 9 pm.
View youth perspectives on what makes a Community of Peace as told through their own photographs, installed on utility boxes throughout Downtown East.
Pick up a walking tour map at Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue
The MIA’s Target Wing is open all night! Come over & stroll through our galleries or just hang out under the stars in Target Park.
A convergence of art and design at the Water Works park site, including sculpture, a horticulture exhibit, and landscape lighting.
Inspired by John Cage’s aleatory experiments in musical, written, and visual composition, MCBA hosts a night of printmaking, sound installation, and performance.
Patty Mitchell & Robert Lockheed work with community orgs & teen artists with contributions from across our cities. Bring your imagination!
Drawing Club invites local artists and the public to grab a pencil and add contributions to an evolving pool of pieces over the course of the night.
Come join MNKINO for short videos inspired by the word “trail.” MNKINO is a monthly excuse for anyone to make a film and to meet others who like doing the same.
Greenway near Lyndale Avenue and Bryant Avenue
300 SE Main Street
Some strange and beautiful flora bloom only at night, including these giant, intricate cardboard flowers that make you wonder if you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole.
Watch out for the Two Wheel Tour, the cities smallest theatre trails behind Open Eye’s shiny tandem bicycle to present “A Parade of Oddities” which promises to light up the night with miniature spectacle.
An exhibit & salon by Margaret Pezalla exploring the potential of modeling speculative landscapes: places beyond what we can see: the extramundane.
Join artist Margaret Pezalla-Granlund for a visual journey to the surface of Mars, guided by the photographs, drawings, and writings of Earl C. Slipher.
Inspired by tall tales of ghostly creatures inhabiting the Stone Arch Bridge, Sleepers Awake transforms a crumbling arch into the lair of one of these luminescent beings.
The Peloton uses audience-generated pedal power to run lights and moving set for a show. A changing soundscape gives the feeling of a group ride.
Car Dreams explores the car as an intermediary between realms: parked on a street, its windows show videos of landscapes and lives affected by our dependence on oil.
Sit ’n’ Spin Shanty encourages groups to work together to make a giant pod spin from the inside out. Side effects include laughter and nausea.
Capitol HILL: an absurd and engaging take on government with twin transparent domes, mustaches, spontaneous departments, and Mad-Lib speeches.
20 performers will gather to tell an animated story through movement and visual transitions by manipulating an Apple iPad. Accompanied by an acoustic sound score.
A micro-projection event on the walking bridge featuring tiny demons and other nocturnal beasts that plague your subconscious during the night hours.
Transform yourself in a surreal Victorian fashion attic. Thee @_SashayShantay is a fantastic den of treasure hunting and fashion exploration!
Main Street between 3rd and 6th
Experience the Mississippi River from the perspective of the Dakota, with sounds of nature interwoven with Dakota voices, accompanied by video projections.
See Hedge Magic and experience Jess Hirsch’s tent revival with tarot readings, exorcisms, and sound, and help David Hamlow build a room-sized cardboard structure.
In this video, a computer dubbed “The Serendipity Machine” continuously shuffles 3,000 shots, 80 voice-overs, and 150 pieces of music, creating an ever-changing story. Artist’s Cinema is made possible by generous support from Elizabeth Redleaf.
Start off the night with food and drink by Bryant Lake Bowl and music in our gallery. Check out our current exhibit Unlanded Margins and party with Greenway Glow riders.
Take-Up Productions presents the silent classic The Black Pirate accompanied by a haunting soundtrack composed and performed by The Poor Nobodys and recorded during a live performance at the Trylon microcinema.
Peek into a giant birdhouse and watch an artist at work. Barter for an original artwork at this unique trading post.
Vine Arts Center opens its 2012 Spring Member Show and features the light work of Light the Underground on the Midtown Greenway.
Local musicians gather for a series of intimate concerts around a campfire at Open Field. From 2–3 am, local writers, comedians, and storytellers join in to exchange tales under the moonlight.
Artist interventions and activities plus select galleries are open all night with special one-night-only installations of artworks from the collection.
Throw your body into this game of Pong: using your silhouette instead of paddles in this interactive projection, you experience the game like never before.
Join the Weisguides for these interactive tours, and be prepared to engage all your senses. View art in a new way, with only a flashlight as your guide.
tuning the sky is a pop-in, illuminated cyclorama. Immerse yourself in a halo of atmospheric color that fills the horizon around your head.
Midnight Mario: Drop into the 8-bit world as you jump and your shadow breaks a coin brick. Leap the robotic jump rope and you become Mario’s stunt double.
Light Fall: Pass under a bouncing stream of glowing Superballs, then take a seat at the bicycle conveyor belt to control the flow in this hypnotic installation.