Spark ended Oct. 18 of 2015, this is how we crowd-sourced activities on the Circle:

How to propose an art or community activity on the Circle

The door is open for you or your community or group to share a simple proposal for a pop-up experience — performance, workshop, mini event. Our hope is that your idea can happen on our Social Saturdays when we have held time and resources to make this happen. We are open to ideas for other days if that won’t work. Your activity should be playful, inclusive, and interactive. Please use the form below to submit a short description of your idea for making the Circle more lively.

Activities should:

  • Be suitable for public spaces and all ages (no explicit, religious, or political content)
  • Be free and self-funded (we do offer staff support, space, and materials if possible)*
  • Take place between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Be led by a person 18 years or older, or with permission of a parent or guardian

Submissions will be reviewed based on these criteria:

  • Does the idea fit within the spirit and themes of SPARK?
  • Will it happen on one of nine Saturdays between Aug. 15 and Oct. 10?
  • Is it social, inclusive, and engaging?
  • Is it easy enough to implement?
  • Will it appeal to people, especially families?

For inspiration, visit the Open Field project (2010-2014) at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

SPARK staff will work with you to identify a specific time and space for your presentation, if accepted.  Expect to receive a reply from SPARK staff within five days.

Please tell us about: the equipment or materials you’ll use; a link to photos or video or reviews of previous presentation; anything else to help us understand your idea.

*Note: A large number of diverse local artists (musicians, writers, visual artists, social practice artists, performers) have been commissioned to work for Spark on a paid basis. The open call is an opportunity to facilitate additional ideas that are beyond the limitations of our budget and planning period.

Email your proposal to