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River Stories Open Call

Works Progress in collaboration with Northern Lights is accepting proposals for short performances, live music, stories, films, presentations, and other creative contributions to Mississippi Megalops: A Floating Chautauqua at Northern Spark, June 4-5, 2011.


Mississippi Megalops is a floating participatory performance inspired by the Chautauqua movement of the early 20th century, which brought the latest philosophical and creative ideas of the time to people across the country. Proposed projects will take place aboard the Jonathan Padelford, an authentic paddleboat afloat on the Mississippi River in Saint Paul. Selected performances, presentations, and installations will address the broad theme of “river stories” – taking inspiration from any aspect of river life, including, but not limited to, history, science, art, philosophy, and contemporary environmental issues. An audience of 100 people will be aboard the boat at any given time. Proposed projects should consider the participation of those on board, and/or those who might view the boat from shore. Each project proposal may only be submitted to one Northern Spark open call.


Northern Spark and Works Progress will provide the following to the selected project(s):

  • A $100 honorarium
  • Production advice
  • Use of a laptop, projector and screen
  • Use of a boat-wide PA system

Selection criteria

  • Strength of conceptual framework for proposed project
  • Feasibility
  • Compatibility of project with Northern Spark’s proposed sites and modalities
  • Potential for public engagement and participation
  • Applicant’s past experience and likelihood for success

Application materials

The application process is online. Applicants are required to submit:

  • Primary contact information
  • Proposal concept – (max 1 page, pdf)
  • A brief bio and CV (max 2 pages for each primary participant, pdf)
  • Please note: Works Progress may contact finalists for work samples and detailed project information, including budget and technical specifications.


This call will be juried by Works Progress.

Application submission

Application deadline, 11:59 pm March 23, 2011

Post your submission here:

Selected project(s) will be announced by April 1, 2011.