As FLOW Northside Arts Crawl gears up for its 9th year enlivening West Broadway on Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26, it is difficult to describe with words what makes this event special.
FLOW is more than a premier art event; it is a community celebration of the many facets that make north Minneapolis a truly unique and meaningful place to live, work, learn and create.
Many of those that look forward to FLOW each year might describe FLOW as the best kept secret of the Twin Cities art festival world. While part of
FLOW’s beauty comes from the friendly spirit of Northside artists showing and performing Northside art for other Northsiders, FLOW invites people everywhere to experience its stunning mix of emerging and professional artists and innovative public art installations. FLOW is a free event for all ages.
During FLOW, West Broadway’s permanent art spaces open their doors with especially welcoming gusto. These include the MPLS Photo Center, C. Caldwell Fine Arts Gallery and Studio, the Lundstrum Center for Performing Arts, Juxtaposition Arts, and the Capri Theater. In addition, more than 20 businesses, storefronts, walls and vacant lots come alive with visual and performing art.
As in past years, FLOW 2014 includes special performances organized by its key partners, who have matured over the past near-decade thanks in part to their participation in the Northside Art Crawl. Music is always an exciting element at FLOW, and this year there is something for everyone.
The Capri Theater will host the Start the Music! series presented by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO). Designed for families with children ages 3-6, Start the Music! is an engaging and exciting way to introduce a young listener to classical music. Crafts, games, activities and a 30-minute concert engage small hands and big imaginations. At FLOW, SPCO will give two performances of “Pounding Percussion: Meet the Percussion Family” on Saturday, July 26 at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Over at the corner of Penn Avenue N and West Broadway, at the former site of Fire and Ice, longtime FLOW partners KMOJ 89.9 FM and Broadway Liquor Outlet have planned a festival within a festival, free and open to all ages. KMOJ will curate a stage with local artists beginning at noon, and at 4 p.m. national headliners Black Sheep and Brand Nubian will perform. Kelvin Quarles, general manager of KMOJ, is excited to bring his listeners these award-winning acts that were so important during the 1980s and 1990s.
“What we try to do each year is find an old school hip-hop group, really, cross over groups, so we can get a variety of fans out. Black Sheep and Brand Nubian are both legendary. We’re expecting a lot of people, and we think it will be a great time,” said Quarles.
All day, food, merchandise and art vendors will set up tents in the KMOJ/BLO area. Adults over 21 can enjoy the Broadway Liquor Outlet Beer Garden, where a $2 wristband guarantees a VIP view of the stage and the freedom to come and go as they please.
For full details on FLOW’s sites, artists, special events and how to get free rides on the bus and light rail during FLOW through Metro Transit, visit www.flownorthside.org. FLOW is a program of the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition.
FLOW Northside Arts Crawl
Friday, July 25 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 26 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
West Broadway from N 2nd Street to Penn Avenue N