Posted at 8:20 AM on December 29, 2011
by Molly Bloom
Filed under: Art Hounds
We loved Northern Spark, a dusk to dawn art happening in June in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. The events going on were mostly focused around the Mississippi River. In Minneapolis there was everything from a community kazoo band to projections on the mill buildings and throngs of people enjoying art together. In St. Paul, there were light installations on the river banks and art on a riverboat, among many other happenings. We heard people say that it felt like Barcelon - and it did. People are still talking about it six months afterward. It was the city we deserve.
-Debra deNoyelles, The Soap Factory and Molly Balcom Raleigh, Forecast Public Art
Formation of the Rural American Contemporary Art group
The group started as a facebook page that Brian Frink, artist and art professor at Minnesota State University - Mankato, and it grew to 400 members nationally within one week. I think it has captured a movement that's going on among contemporary artists that choose to live in rural or small town areas. The boundaries don't exist anymore. You don't have to live in an "art city" to engage in the kinds of intellectual conversations that foster contemporary art.
-Stephanie Wilbur Ash, writer and performer
Amiri Baraka's "Wise, Why's, Y's" produced by Tru Ruts' Freestyle Theatre
The performance visualized critical elements of the African American experience from the 1800s to 2011 through dance, spoken word, music and intricate paintings. Historical references were placed in a context any audience member could grasp. The audience response to the work was incredibly visceral and clearly indicated a desire to experience the performance again and again.
-Janis Lane-Ewart, cultural actvist and executive director of KFAI Fresh Air Radio