“Last year’s Northern Spark all-night art event was, to be frank, very awesome,” write the editors of Secrets of the City. “After success like that, it’s a bit of a bummer to hear the event might be in jeopardy for this year.”
I agree that it’s a bummer, but I’m not surprised: while last year’s all-night arts event featured a number of memorable events, it was my impression that it was spread much too thinly between Minneapolis and St. Paul. A more focused event—perhaps concentrating on the corridor running up Hennepin—would have created a much more festive, social feel.
SOTC reports that the Northern Spark organizers are seeking sponsors, and have launched a Kickstarter campaign for funding. With 50 days remaining, the campaign is $1,450 of the way to a $10,000 goal.
While efforts to secure funding continue, preparations for a 2012 event continue apace, with calls for participation proposals now open. The sparks, it seems, are still flying—at least for now.
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