Photograph of poem from an Upstream Arts program

Poem created collaboratively in a recent Upstream Arts program


Upstream Arts is thrilled to be part of Northern Spark 2014! We’re partnering with interdisciplinary artist David Luke on UPSTREAM ANIMATED, a quartet of unique animated movies inspired by the poetry created in our programs, which will be projected large-scale in the plaza outside the Minneapolis Convention Center. These movies will debut pre-Northern Spark as part of the Arts on Chicago initiative in South Minneapolis. Click here to learn more and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter in the coming months for updates!

About Northern Spark
On the second Saturday in June each summer, tens of thousands of people gather along the Minneapolis riverfront and throughout the city to explore giant video projections, play in temporary installations in the streets, and enjoy experimental performances in green spaces and under bridges. From dusk to dawn the city surprises you: friendly crowds, glowing groups of cyclists, an unexpected path through the urban landscape, the magic of sunrise after a night of amazing art and experiences. Northern Spark is the one-night arts event people talk about for the rest of the year. For more information, visit

About Northern Lights
Northern Spark is presented by Northern, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to transform our sense of what’s possible in public space. Northern Spark is one night, but Northern shines throughout the year with projects such as Creative City Challenge for the Minneapolis Convention Center, The Giant Sing-A-Long at the Minnesota State Fair, and permanent, interactive public art for Saint Paul’s Union Depot.