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Northern Invites You to 'Move Your Feet, Make Some Noise' in The Commons During Northern Spark, June 14 & 15

Via an e-newsletter from Northern

Northern Spark returns to this urban park for the third time this summer with installations that compel you to move your feet, make some noise, and reclaim your space.

Join dynamic duo Beatrix*Jar for Let’s Make Some Sounds!, a one of a kind audio experience where you can make music on vintage electronics instruments and have sonic conversations with the community. People of all sonic skill levels are invited to experiment with sound minus the pressure of a formal musical outcome.

Will you move your body in joyful protest? What Will You Dance For? (The Exuberant Activist Body), presented by the artist collective Don’t You Feel It Too?, invites participants to dance their wild and embodied state of resilience and resistance. Try this form of mind-body training, exuberant art, flash mob, and street protest.

The winner of the 2019 Creative City Challenge, Radical Playground is a participatory art installation by Candida Gonzalez and Mary Anne Quiroz. Try your hand at painting an alejibre and dance to the beats of all-femme DJ collective Indigo Crew throughout the nights.The artists invite Indigenous communities and communities of color to a space where they feel free to gather, to play, to heal.

The Ethiopian Harp Begena is an instrument that has been around for centuries along with many other traditional instruments. Festival-goers who visit Begena At Night: The ceremony of Ethiopian art through different mediums by Yilma Hailu will be able to experience the different aspects of Ethiopian art such as traditional instruments like the Begena, gesture paintings, and coffee ceremonies.

Created by artist Kelly Leaf, Poetry People/People Poetry: A Community Conversation is about making YOUR statement of belonging. Choose an anthem or slogan or phrase you would like to communicate from a selection of large word cards. Your statement will be photographed, posted to Instagram, and become a line in our community poem!

And finally, artist Joshua McGarvey wants to highlight the ability of humans to Synchronize heartbeats. Participants are invited to wear a harness that allows them to feel the heartbeat of the person sitting across from them and vice versa. Stare into the eyes of the person across from you, match breathing, and feel the presence of another.

The Creative City Challenge is a program of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy of the City of Minneapolis created in collaboration with The Commons. We’re thankful to these partners for their support of CCC and the projects featured in The Commons!

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