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.
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.
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.
This Discovery Day will feature a city-wide mystery game which anyone can solve by discovering hidden treasures in the city. In addition, booths and projects from local schools and organizations will explore everything from big data to hands on environmental science activities.
The DIY (Do It Yourself) community in the Twin Cities is strong part of a national and international movement to making things from yarn bombing to robots. Our Maker Day will invite Twin Cities makers such as the Hack Factory’s Trebuchet and Wil Natzel’s cardboard cities (as featured on mnoriginals) to come out and interact with the community, sharing their exciting and original ways of thinking. The Maker Day will include innovative and creative “home brew” projects from the technologically sophisticated to traditional crafts to food and beverages.