Ends on January 16, 2018

The tenth round of Art(ists) on the Verge commissions (AOV10) will take place from March 2018 – April 2019. AOV is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for 5 Minnesota-based, emerging artists working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory. AOV is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation.

The AOV10 call and more information can be found here: http://northern.lights.mn/artists-on-the-verge-10-call-for-proposals/

Northern Spark
Northern Spark is a free, annual, dusk-to-dawn, multidisciplinary arts festival that takes place on the second Saturday of June in the Twin Cities and draws tens of thousands of Minnesotans each year. The event is produced by Northern Lights.mn; a nonprofit arts organization that creates platforms with and for artists, audiences, and partners to experiment with and experience innovative art in the public sphere.

Climate Chaos | Climate Rising
For the 2017 festival, the theme Climate Chaos | Climate Rising will explore the interconnected, evolving, long-term consequences of climate change. In keeping with our theme, we are working with various partners
towards creating zero waste in our event nodes along the Green Line. We ask our vendors take steps to help us meet these goals through compliance steps spelled out in the vendor agreement contract.

Locations and Date
The June 10, 2017, Northern Spark festival will take place in Minneapolis and St. Paul simultaneously using the Green Line as a connective spine. The seven areas of activation are located near the following stops: U.S. Bank Stadium (The Commons), West Bank (Cedar/Riverside), East Bank (Weisman Art Museum), Snelling Ave (Little Africa), Lexington Pkwy (Rondo), Western Ave (Little Mekong), and Lowertown (Union Depot).

The festival officially kicks off at 8:59pm on June 10 and shuts down at 5:26am on June 11.

Participation Guidelines
Food trucks and restaurant tents will be a festive addition to Northern Spark events. Food  providers that wish to participate in Northern Spark 2017 must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Northern Spark celebrates our local businesses and community. For 2017 we are encouraging participation to trucks and restaurant tents based in Minneapolis and St. Paul and giving neighborhood preference to those with a connection to particular festival nodes.

  • Like all participating businesses, we ask that food trucks become sponsors of the event. A fee of $350 will be due with the vendor contract. A $50 discount will be granted to vendors with affiliations with festival stops. For example, if you own a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Little Mekong and want to participate as a vendor through your food truck or set up a food tent, your fee will be $300.

  • Food trucks must be stationed where requested by event organizers. Vendors with a physical location on the route should indicate location preference otherwise we will place your truck where it best fits within the event scope. Trucks cannot move from their assigned locations during the event.

  • In adherence to our theme, vendors should consider sustainability when it comes to menu items as well as packaging. Vendors are not allowed to serve alcohol or any beverages in glass bottles. See more information under Zero Waste.

  • We encourage you to think healthy with your menu and consider offering healthy options for people to enjoy.

  • All food vendors must meet all applicable state and city health and safety requirements. Vendors must obtain either a Seasonal or Short Term Food Permit from the City in which they are stationed.  See more information under Food Permits.

  • All food vendors are required to provide Health Department Certificate and a Certificate of Liability Insurance naming Northern Lights.MN as additional insured.

  • Vendors will need to be self-sufficient in terms of electrical generation and water access.
Zero Waste
All vendors are being asked to comply with Zero Waste goal and be compliant with the sustainability policies for Minneapolis and Saint Paul, respectively. This includes an event-wide ban on polystyrene (i.e. styrofoam) and plastic bags. Additionally, all food related materials (serving ware, cutlery, bowls, packaging) would need to be BPI-certified compostable. We suggest no straws, but if straws are a must, they need to be compostable. All beverage containers (cups, lids – not plastic bottles or cans) would need to be compostable OR recyclable, not both. In sum:
  • All food service ware needs to be BPI-certified compostable
  • All beverage cups/lids need to be compostable
  • No straws, if possible - if straws, only compostable straws
  • Packaged beverages must be served in reusable or recyclable containers like aluminum cans or plastics #1,2,4, and 5.

The following items may NOT be used:

  • Plastic films
  • Polystyrene lids
  • Polyethylene cups and containers
We also discourage any use of foil with food.

For more information about the Environmentally Acceptable Packaging Ordinance, visit http://www.minneapolismn.gov/health/inspections/WCMS1P-132297

Recycling and composting containers will be provided. Vendors will be responsible for maintaining zero waste practices throughout the event. It is incumbent upon participants to bring enough compostable serving products to last the entire evening.

Food Permits

Information on food permits in Minneapolis:
City of Minneapolis Licenses and Consumer Services
350 South 5th Street – Room 1C,
Minneapolis, MN 55415–1391
Phone: 612-673-2080

Mobile Food Vehicle Vendor Permit Application
Food Cart Sidewalk Vendor Permit Application

Information on food permits in St. Paul:
Minnesota Department of Health Food, Pools, and Lodging Services
PO Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
Phone: 651-201-4500

Mobile Food Unit Permit Instructions
Food and Beverage Licensing Requirements
Mobile Food Unit - MDH Permit Application
Food Cart - MDH Permit Application

Insurance
Insurance required: Health Department Certificate and Certificate of Liability Insurance naming Northern Lights.mn as an additional insured for June 10 - 11, 2017.

Application and Timeline
Vendors applications are due at 4:30 pm CDT on February 28, 2017. Vendors will be notified of acceptance no later than March 31. Vendor contracts and payment will be due on April 11, 2017.

More details will be provided up acceptance of your submission. If you have any questions, please contact foodtrucks@northern.lights.mn






The ninth round of Art(ists) on the Verge commissions (AOV9) will take place from March 2017 – April 2018. AOV is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for 5 Minnesota-based, emerging artists working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory. AOV is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation.

The AOV9 call and more information can be found here: http://northern.lights.mn/2016/11/artists-on-the-verge-9-call-for-proposals/



Please be sure your proposal includes the following:
  • Project proposal
  • Technical specifications and schematic diagrams
  • Past Work
  • Team member bios and resumes
  • Timeline
  • Budget
  • Permits and sign-offs required: As necessary.
  • Agreement for liability insurance if selected
  • Agreement to sign the CCC contract if selected