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Sacred Harp singing in Minnesota has been around for maybe 30 years.   Our first Convention, an event where singers gather to sing all day (9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) was in 1990, and we added a second Convention about ten years later.  Many of our younger singers (and some more seasoned ones, too) have taken […]

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The most significant part of Northern Spark are the masterminds behind the projects. Without them, we wouldn’t have art. And, without art, we wouldn’t have an art festival. To recognize some of these artists is to acknowledge the creativity and genius behind this festival and the wonderful and exciting projects that they have brought together […]

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We had a great time last weekend at the Saint Paul Art Crawl.  Set up in the magnificent Waiting Room of the Union Depot, a cadre of volunteers passed out stickers and talked up the festival projects.  Highlights include many valiant efforts to fling LED-filled rubber balls using The Hack Factory’s Mini Trebuchet (a much […]

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We’re honored to be named “Best Festival” by the City Pages. Thanks to everyone out there who voted for us! 

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My favorite part of preparing for Northern Spark are the festivals. In case you missed it, we had a blast at MayDay last year (as evidenced by Sarah P’s post)! It is such fun to be a part of what makes the Twin Cities during the spring and summer months great. The festivals are a […]

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At 5:30am on Sunday, June 10, 2012 I couldn’t help but muse that it took 466 hours by 133 fabulous volunteers to help make Northern Spark 2012 a reality. I knew that in less than a year, we’d be diving into planning for another over-night adventure, Northern Spark 2013.    Fast forward. It’s the tail-end […]

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Northern Spark is a portal to a new experience of the Twin Cities. Throughout the night we each pick a route accompanied by friends or in the companionship of familiar strangers. Together we look at art, experience community in a new way, and see the cities in a new light. In 2013 we are excited […]

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There are still open calls for projects being hosted by Twin Cities Public Television, the American Swedish Institute, and Zeitgeist!
Check them out here and submit your ideas!

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89 days left before the festival! From now until then, we will be providing you with all sorts of exciting festival information and sneak peeks. Be sure to check in with the blog regularly for project updates, opportunities to get involved, pre-festival events, interviews with artists, and so much more! As of today, you are […]

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