Artist Opportunities

Photo: Dusty Hoskovec.

Photo: Dusty Hoskovec

Northern invites you to submit to our artist open calls for Northern Spark 2017.

The festival, which will take place on Saturday, June 10th, will be the culmination of a full-year of urgent & imaginative programming around the theme of Climate Chaos | Climate Rising. The Metro Transit Light Rail Green Line will act as the creative spine of the festival, spanning neighborhoods between US Bank Stadium in Downtown Minneapolis and CHS Field Stadium in Lowertown, Saint Paul. All along the Green Line, neighborhoods will light up with participatory art projects, weaving global questions about climate change into the fabric of community celebrations. Even trains themselves will be animated by artists throughout the night, making the entire festival experience feel like one unforgettable ride.

This year, we have several open calls ranging in medium and scale, and focusing on different communities. Please note that deadlines vary by call. See call list below for more details.

The submissions link will soon be posted on this page and also within each artist open call.

If you are planning on submitting a proposal and would like to receive relevant open call updates, please e-mail


Open Call Categories


Artworks in Any Medium – projects in any medium that relate to Climate Chaos | Climate Rising, to be presented at selected stations – due January 16th, 2017

West Bank, Little Africa and Little Mekong – projects in any medium by artists of color and indigenous artists with cultural connections to West Bank, Little Africa and Little Mekong neighborhoods – due January 16th, 2017

Lowertown – projects in any medium designed for sites in the Lowertown neighborhood – due January 16th, 2017

Climate Rising Collaboration – projects in any medium related to a specific climate issue, built in collaboration one of our Partner Organizations: Center for Energy and the Environment, Climate Generation, Conservation MN, MN350, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change and TakeAction Minnesota – due January 9th, 2017 

Creative City Challenge – City of Minneapolis call for a master artist/team to create a large-scale art installation, to be active in The Commons from the night of Northern Spark 2017 through the X Games in July – due December 5th, 2016

We also invite you to take a look at the current call for our Art(ists) On the Verge program on our Northern page.