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From sunset on June 10 to sunrise on June 11, Northern Spark 2017 is a free all-night art festival exploring the effects of climate change through participatory projects happening in neighborhoods along Metro Transit’s Green Line.

Stay up late with WAM and witness time and space blend together. Record your climate change story, build an animal luminary, visit with the owls, and lend your body’s internal rhythm to electronic sonatas.

Get the full Northern Spark 2017 schedule here >>>


11:00 p.m.-–12:00 a.m. WAM auditorium. #wamnightowl

Owl Meet-and-Greet with The Raptor Center

Get in touch with your inner night owl as you visit with owls from The Raptor Center and learn the effects humans have on their environment.  


Open all night. Outside WAM’s front doors.

Un:heard Resonance

By John Keston with Mike Hodnick, Chris LeBlanc, Aaron Marx, Lucas Melchior

Listen to rarely heard vibrations emmitted by geological, biological, and technological processes through a variety of microphones and sensors! Get in tune with the three movements that chronicle the stages of the planet’s evolution from purely geological, to biological, and finally technological.


Open all night. Coffman Lawn. #backyardphenology

Listening to Climate Change: Stories from the Field

By Christine Baeumler with Randy Duerr, Kate Flick, Rebecca Montgomery, Beth Mercer-Taylor, and Rachel Jendrzejewski

Join the citizen science project Backyard Phenology! This project is a place-based observation and study of seasons and cycles of the natural world based on phenology – which involves observation of the timing of phenomena, such as the flowering of plants. The Climate Chaser Mobile Phenology Lab will alternate between a space to listen to recorded climate change stories gathered over the past year as well as share stories of environmental observations.


Open all night. Coffman Lawn. #cabaret360

Magic Lantern Skyway

By Karen Haselmann and Willis Bowman

This installation uses large animal luminaries moving on an elevated pulley system in front of Coffman Union to explore the diversity of species struggling to adapt to our changing climate. The pulley system is powered by the “Cabaret 360 Caravan,” a portable pop up venue featuring performances that examine our connection to the natural world.


Open all night. Coffman Lawn. #weavewaste

Lawn-a-Loom: Weaving out of Waste

By Textile Center and Weavers Guild of MN

Using discarded textiles, the Textile Center and Weavers Guild of MN will weave a giant collaborative work of art out of waste. Bring your own materials and learn to weave! The finished weaving will be displayed at Textile Center, a national center for fiber art.