Northern supports artists in the creation and presentation of art in the public sphere, focusing on innovative uses of technology to imagine new interactions between audience, artwork and place and explore expanded possibilities for civic engagement.
Our largest program is Northern Spark, a free, annual, late-night, multidisciplinary arts festival that takes place in June and draws tens of thousands of Minnesotans each year. In collaboration with arts organizations and community partners, we turn the city into a surprising arts experience.  For more information about Northern, visit our website:  For more information about Northern Spark, visit
In 2019 Northern Spark takes place in three neighborhoods: Downtown East (Minneapolis) in The Commons, American Indian Cultural Corridor (Minneapolis) along Franklin Ave., and Rondo (St. Paul) at Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. The apprentice positions seek applicants with strong cultural ties to the latter of these two neighborhoods.
Since 2011, Northern Spark has created a spirit of adventure and belonging, with the help of hundreds of artists and community partners. The goal of the apprentice program is to share the systems we’ve built over the years, and to foster an exchange of skills and community knowledge in the neighborhoods where the festival is taking place. Festival apprentices get an inside view at how a large public event comes to be, as part of a dynamic team that works together to produce this beloved event.  
For this year's Apprentice Positions we are looking for candidates with cultural connections and community involvement in the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul and the American Indian Cultural Cooridor in Minneapolis. 

The Production Team has several Apprenticeship opportunities available:

  • Tech Leads - American Indian Cultural Corridor and Rondo zones (2 total)
  • Tech Assistants - American Indian Cultural Corridor and Rondo zones (2 total)
  • Production Assistants - American Indian Cultural Corridor and Rondo zones (4 total)

Please use this form to submit your application.  Positions open until filled. 

Additional non-apprentice positions are also available - please see our website for more information.