The Triangle’s Creative Class


SPARKcon has the reputation for showcasing the Triangle’s creative class.  We measure success by organizer participation and achievement. We value the feedback from organizers about how their events went, looking for indicators that the teams gained skills, solved problems and have ambitions to create better programming in future years. Each SPARK is an incubator for ideas and projects. Our organizers create a … Read More

Sarah PowersThe Triangle’s Creative Class

Teaser! SPARK XI!


Organizers this year have started planning the following activities for artists to participate in:   artSPARK: 700 streetpainters, art galleries, art installations and kids activities. bazaarSPARK: Street bazaar of 50+ artists and designers. circusSPARK: Acrobats, aerialists, firedancers, jugglers and parkour acrobats perform and host workshops. comedySPARK: Comedy and improv showcases and stand-up on the R-Line public bus. geekSPARK: Interactive media … Read More

Sarah PowersTeaser! SPARK XI!

SPARKcon explained – at least a little


Planning for SPARKcon is year-round. Each month, VAE hosts open meetings where representatives from each SPARK report on their progress. The meetings are a forum to share ideas and resources. All meetings are open to the public and the entire community is actively invited to participate in the planning of the event. To ensure success for the volunteer organizers, VAE … Read More

Sarah PowersSPARKcon explained – at least a little

SPARKcon stars – stories of success

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SPARKcon features thousands of artists and creative types each year. Our organizers put together showcases of talented folks and work hard to connect the creative folks to the greater community. We have seen artists get their start at SPARKcon and go on to do amazing things. We have seen organizers make career transitions after gaining skills at SPARKcon. New business … Read More

Sarah PowersSPARKcon stars – stories of success

SPARK XI meetings get serious and SWANK


Last Monday’s General Meeting was SWANK. Perhaps, it was because House of Swank was there to get the low down how to participate this year – maybe even as a venue on the footprint! But back to the story, the general meeting….our “bobblettes,” from fashionSPARK and artSPARK talked fundraising. Lame? Not at all. It takes an upward of $10,000 to … Read More

Sarah PowersSPARK XI meetings get serious and SWANK

March madness you’ll want to know about

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SPARKs report on ideas from their February committee meetings about the kinds of activities they are thinking about and present a broad report on what they want to accomplish.

Sarah PowersMarch madness you’ll want to know about

That thing we do every 3rd Monday

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SPARKcon is a four-day event – but lets get real, it’s on-going process.   Every third Monday of each month SPARK leaders, organizers, volunteers, and the intrigued gather at Visual Art Exchange , from 6:30-8 p.m., to create a collective dream and make big plans for the next SPARKcon.

Sarah PowersThat thing we do every 3rd Monday

SPARKX nos·tal·gia


One thing we love about SPARKcon? The crowd. There is no label that can be placed, no standard to meet. We saw it first hand at SPARKX a wonderful mix young’ins and adults, all of whom come from different creative backgrounds, or who just want to catch some inspiration. As an open source and grass roots festival, we want everyone, … Read More

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2015 Street Painting Awards

What an AMAZING weekend we had! This was the largest artSPARK street painting we have ever had! We were blown away by the INCREDIBLE art that filled Fayetteville Street!! Now on to what you all have been waiting for… the AWARDS: 2015 STREET PAINTING AWARDS ADULT CATEGORY Best of the Best: Creativity: Farrall Hilton, square #24 Best of the Best: Design: Brook Sinko, square … Read More

Chase2015 Street Painting Awards

2015 SPARKcon IndieGoGo Campaign!


SPARKcon 2015: SPARK X Igniting the creative hub of the south SPARKcon = open-source, for-the-people by-the-people festival with an intentionally dynamic focus. A for-the-people by-the-people festival! Join the fun & activate creativity in the NC Triangle! Invest in creativity today! This year SPARKcon turns 10– hence the X! SPARKcon is an interdisciplinary creativity, art & design festival produced by the non-profit … Read More

Sarah Powers2015 SPARKcon IndieGoGo Campaign!