Events On The Plaza

SATURDAY, JUNE 14
NORTHERN SPARK

The winner of the Creative City Challenge will be unveiled and featured at the Northern Spark festival on June 14, 2014.

Northern Spark is the premier dusk-to-dawn public arts festival in Minnesota, expected to draw a crowd of 50,000 passionate attendees. The opening ceremonies will be held at the MCC Plaza with an address by the Mayor of Minneapolis, featured performances, and the unveiling of the 2014 CCC installation.

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SATURDAY, JULY 19
PLAY DAY

An official event of the Minneapolis Aquatennial, the Creative City Challenge Play Day is a day of activities for all ages. According to Stuart Brown, President of the National Institute for Play, play is part of the ‘‘developmental sequencing of becoming a human primate. If you look at what produces learning and memory and well-being, play is as fundamental as any other aspect of life, including sleep and dreams.’’

Play Day activities range from ping pong to electronic hopscotch; from massage and acupuncture to Ayurvedic medicine; from video games in a backpack to DIY activities. There will be musicians performing all day on the Balancing Ground stage.

From 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, July 19, come to the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza and play with us. 

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 16
DISCOVERY DAY

The Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza is a space for participation and social interactions. It is also a portal for discovery of other cultural, natural and retail wonders of the city.

Discovery Day is a chance to explore new ideas and discover new ways of experiencing the environment around you, from a cell phone-based mystery to milkweed plants. 

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
MAKER DAY

Earlier this year, President Obama declared a National Day of Making.

“Our Nation is home to a long line of innovators who have fueled our economy and transformed our world. … Today, more and more Americans are gaining access to 21st century tools, from 3D printers and scanners to design software and laser cutters. … I am committed to helping Americans of all ages bring their ideas to life. … This event celebrates every maker — from students learning STEM skills to entrepreneurs launching new businesses to innovators powering the renaissance in American manufacturing.  … Today, let us continue on the path of discovery, experimentation, and innovation that has been the hallmark not only of human progress, but also of our Nation’s progress. … I call upon all Americans to observe this day with programs, ceremonies, and activities that encourage a new generation of makers and manufacturers to share their talents and hone their skills.”

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