Category Archives: Arts, Recreation and Culture Committee

Sidewalk Poetry Capstone Event Aug 17 at 7pm

There’s always something interesting happening in Downtown Northfield! Join us August 17th at 7pm on Bridge Square for the 2017 Sidewalk  Poetry Capstone Celebration. The event is open to the public and will bring poetry lovers and sidewalk poets together to hear the poems read aloud, to meet the winning poets, and to hear music by Bonnie and the Clydes.  Thanks to the Northfield Senior Center volunteers, the popcorn wagon will be open for business, serving delicious popcorn and cold drinks.

Bring your lawn chairs, relax and enjoy the music and poetry of the night.  A large map of the locations of the 2017 winning poems will be shared and the winning poems from all seven years of the contest will be on display.

In 2011, Northfield launched its annual Sidewalk Poetry Project. In the seven years of the project, 66 poems – the creations of 46 local poets — have been selected for imprinting in over 200 locations across the community.  Each one of the winning poems, imprinted into the concrete of our city sidewalks, is remarkable on its own; collectively, they offer a sense of the spirit of our community.  Chosen from among 156 poems submitted for judging, ten winning poems will be celebrated in 2017.

Sidewalk Poetry is a partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library, the Northfield Public Library and the City of Northfield, and has been supported by the efforts of hundreds of volunteers. This activity receives major funding from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) through the arts and culture heritage fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Additional funding is provided by the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library.

For more information, contact Bonnie Jean Flom, chair of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission at

“A Minnesotan Goodbye”…This Weekend in Downtown Northfield, MN

“A Minnesotan Goodbye”, the Carleton & St. Olaf 5th Year Apprentice/Intern Exhibit, opens this weekend at the Arts Guild’s gallery in downtown Northfield.  The artwork of six St. Olaf and Carleton College art interns: Anda Tanaka, Anders Nienstaedt, Arielle Rebek, James Wilson, Justina Ny, Mathew Brutger and Sheila Novak will be featured in the Gallery through May 18.   Attending an opening reception for a new art exhibit is a pretty good way to start your weekend. Continue reading “A Minnesotan Goodbye”…This Weekend in Downtown Northfield, MN

Pieta Brown in Downtown…Northfield, MN

An American singer-songwriter born in Iowa City, Iowa and spending her youth between Iowa and Alabama, Pieta Brown was born to make music.  Several of her albums have won “Best of the Year” awards, and all of them have been critically acclaimed.  Well-versed in traditional American folk music, Brown is a leader in contemporary innovation for this art form.  She plays at the Arts Guild Theater on Saturday night. Continue reading Pieta Brown in Downtown…Northfield, MN