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“I loved the sense of the transformation of familiar spaces through projections, installations, performances, and the sheer joy of walking through a crowd of interesting people who were all having fun.”

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“I loved connecting with people in the Twin Cities I probably wouldn’t normally meet. I square danced with strangers and had an excellent time! Northern Spark opened my eyes to more of the arts in the Twin Cities. The places I want to go to collaborated and stayed open late, and I was able to see what they were all about without feeling intimidated. It’s a great chance to check things out!”

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“It was magical to be immersed within Jim Campbell’s Scattered Light and to see the moving images from a distance—like orchestrated fireflies!”

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  I liked how different it was from the typical art festival that has rows of tents with individuals selling their wares. I felt like more of a participant than a patron. —response to Northern Spark survey (over 500 people participated in person during the festival and online afterwards).

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“I think it was the transformative feeling—it really did induce a dreamlike state. It was really cool to experience the familiar (riding the bus, for example) as something new and reinvented.”

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