Briefs November 2019


Northern Lights to take year off

Northern is announcing a strategic, one year hiatus from its flagship program, Northern Spark, while the organization undergoes a leadership transition in 2020. Since 2011, the free annual late-night public art festival has captured the hearts of tens of thousands of festival attendees in a dozen neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities, showcasing the innovative art of more than 2,300 artists. In order to reflect on the previous nine years of dynamic and ever-changing Northern Spark festivals and plan for the festival’s long-term sustainability and equity, Northern Lights will take a year off from producing Northern Spark in 2020, returning with a renewed vision for the festival in 2021.

Small business loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Minnesota District helped the state’s small businesses access more than $682 million in capital via its various loan programs in fiscal year 2019, which ended on Sept. 30, 2019. Across the nation, the federal agency backed more than $28 billion in loans to entrepreneurs who, without the SBA, would otherwise be unable to access loans at reasonable rates. To learn more, visit


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