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In the Press

The Line

Anna Pratt, Northern Spark to take over Lowertown this year

Ultimately, the festival is about building community. It gets thousands of people “wandering purposely aimlessly at odd hours participating in a shared experience. It is a way to not just imagine but participate in creating the place where we’d like to live.”

MPR News

Marianne Combs, Northern Spark moves to St. Paul in 2013

Starting at 8:58pm on June 8, the arts will have their night – all night – in the Lowertown neighborhood of St. Paul. Northern Spark, the all-night art festival – or “nuit blanche” – was created to celebrate the lively arts community in the Twin Cities, and transform the metro area into a sort of canvas for one night each year.

Pioneer Press

Frederick Melo, Northern Spark all-night arts festival to be only in Saint Paul this summer

The sparse notice at says pretty much all you need to know in six words and three numbers: June 8, 2013 — 8:58 p.m. — Northern Spark — Lowertown, St. Paul.

With little more than that coquettish nod in St. Paul’s direction, the dusk-till-dawn Northern Spark arts festival “announced” this week that it will be bringing tens of thousands of people to an overnight arts celebration in Lowertown this summer.

Star Tribune

Mary Abbe, Northern Spark heading to Saint Paul

As in previous years, the 2013 event will involve about 45 partner organizations and roughly 75 artist-projects including several new public-art commissions. One highlight will be a house that artist Chris Larson plans to build — an exact copy of a Marcel Breuer house overlooking the Mississippi River — that he will float downriver, then set aflame.

Mary Abbe, Northern Spark Heads to St. Paul for 2013

Working with Union Depot is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so we’re going to focus a lot of energy on it and Lowertown this summer. It’s a place really no one has seen much of since 1971 and, while it’s now reopened, it hasn’t reached maximum use. We’re going to take over all 32 acres and have indoor and outdoor projects and stages.