Forecast Blog

June 26, 2016

Mural Making in Richfield, MN

Greta McLain reports on her artist residency

Artist Greta McLain discusses her artist residency as part of the RARE: Richfield Artist Resident Engagement initiative. Working with The Cornerstone Group on a new development in Richfield, McLain will work with community members to design and create a large-scale mosaic installation on the amphitheater planned for the Lyndale Garden Center.  We’ve taken over, opened up this former office space/strip mall, … Read More

Greta McLain | Community

June 20, 2016

Placemaking Gets Deep

Planner Mark VanderSchaaf encourages us to dig for the soul of a city

Today’s cities could use a little soul, says city planner Mark VanderSchaaf. For much of his nearly 12-year tenure as director of regional planning for the Metropolitan Council of the Minneapolis and St. Paul area, VanderSchaaf has been arguing for something he calls deep placemaking. Like the ancients, he believes that every city has a … Read More

June 17, 2016

Pacifying Publics

Public art designed in service of “social cohesion” ignores some key urban issues

The romantic concept of the agora as the public meeting space of democracy has captured the imagination of thinkers for centuries. Today, public space, with its implied freedoms, informs our deliberations on what it means to have a vibrant public life in cities. The general notion among urban planners and related professions is that bringing … Read More

Rike Sitas | Featured, Public Art Review

June 15, 2016

Culture Worker

Mankwe Ndosi uses sound to build understanding in a diverse neighborhood

Mankwe Ndosi believes that performance is powerful, sound is transformative, and that music lives everywhere. “Everyone has a daily soundtrack,” says the Minneapolis-based artist. “Music is in people’s daily lives.” Today the Harvard graduate works to gather the musical soundtracks in city dwellers’ everyday lives, whether those are the echoes and vibrations off a freeway … Read More

Laine Bergeson | Featured, Public Art Review

June 13, 2016

Opening Up Urban Space

Two mirrored projects call attention to space in densely populated neighborhoods

In New York and San Francisco, two temporary installations have transformed public walkways with reflective materials, drawing attention to how we think about open space in dense urban areas. Five hundred feet of golden foliage-like polished metal plates form six porous canopies above paths in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park in Teresita Fernández’s Fata Morgana. “My … Read More

Anna Renken | Featured, Public Art Review

June 10, 2016

Documenting Cultural Change

Minnesota documentary filmmaker Dawn Mikkelson turns her lens on an award-winning public art project in Caracas

Tiuna El Fuerte Cultural Park—a pop-up cultural park created by Alejandro Haiek Coll and Eleanna Cadalso in Caracas, Venezuela—won the first International Award for Public Art (IAPA) in 2013. Now the park is the subject of a feature-length documentary planned by Minnesota filmmaker Dawn Mikkelson. Mikkelson first heard about the project from Jack Becker, executive … Read More

Amy Danielson | Featured, Public Art Review