Support artists tackling climate change at Northern Spark 2017!

We began the journey with Northern Spark 2016, and now we’re gearing up for the biggest Northern Spark yet: Climate Chaos | Climate Rising — all along the Green Line.

Your contribution today makes it possible.

Last year we made a bold decision to take our vision a step further. We at Northern made a commitment to focus Northern Spark and other aspects of our programming in 2016 and 2017 on how artists address global climate change.

“People need facts to make informed decisions, but it is stories and culture that change people's behavior. Artists create connection points to issues that may seem tired or impossibly contentious. We follow them in through beauty, wonder, and curiosity and quickly find ourselves engaged in a complex issue seen differently.”
- Steve Dietz, President + Artistic Director, Northern

And last year, we began the journey with a $100,000 Challenge Grant to support climate change programming through our enormously popular platform, Northern Spark.

Our community stepped up in a big way, and the challenge funds have been matched! Our dream of a festival spanning both cities, illuminated with hundreds of imaginitive projects tackling climate change, is almost completely funded.

Your gift today will put us over the top — providing critical funding for open call projects by local, emerging artists.

Able to give more than $40? Increase your gift to $250 and receive a special invitation for you and a guest to the Northern Spark 2017 Press Preview Party in Spring 2017 — featuring sneak peeks of projects in process, talks from artists and curators, and craft beers and yummy snacks. Last year’s party was a ton of fun, a lively gathering that left us all inspired and excited for the festival. And it would be even more fun with you there!

Remember, every dollar you contribute today directly support innovative artists working on projects to address global climate change, as well as capacity-building arts collaborations with Minneapolis and St Paul communities along the Green Line for Northern Spark 2017.

Your support today is the final step in making this urgent, hopeful vision a reality.

Want to know more about Northern’s work and our focus on global climate change in upcoming projects?  Make your contribution above, and then read more about all of our projects at

What if you could experience a festival full of art that takes on global climate change — but in our own city?  Imagine how powerful it would be: 50,000 Minnesotans wandering through streets filled with art that challenges, art that educates, art that dreams of radical climate change solutions. Join us today with a donation at any amount and help make this vision a reality.

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