Forecast Blog

October 26, 2016

Ethics and Values of Participatory Arts Practice

An artist reflects on a workshop with Arlene Goldbard

On Monday October 17, Forecast Public Art hosted Arlene Goldbard, critically acclaimed writer, speaker, social activist, and consultant. Arlene facilitated a workshop titled Ethics and Values of Participatory Arts Practice. The following is a reflection from workshop participant Julie Benda. It is Tuesday morning and I am driving to work, listening to a news story on the … Read More

Julie Benda | Community, Forecast

October 26, 2016

Mobile Images of the Navajo Nation

Two artists turn a vintage Step-Van into a photography studio to create portraits of Navajo men, women, and children

In 2010, Santa Fe, New Mexico–based artists Matthew Chase-Daniel and Jerry Wellman outfitted a 1970 Chevy Step-Van—the kind of vehicle that served as a bread or ice-cream truck back in the day—as a mobile art-exhibition venue. Since then they’ve opened the space to a series of local artists for temporary shows, and taken part in … Read More

Public Art Review | Featured, Public Art Review

October 24, 2016

Wandering Space

by Kacey Wong

HONG KONG—Hong Kong–based artist and activist Kacey Wong questions the politics of space by reimagining housing and other built structures as mobile units. Inspired by spaceship return capsules and David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity,” Wong’s Wandering Space envisions what is possible within a small, adaptable interior. Originally designed as a traveling stage for renowned singer … Read More

Megan Guerber | Featured, Public Art Review

October 21, 2016

An Island Reborn

Public art stands to play a vital placemaking role in the $5 billion redevelopment of San Francisco’s Treasure Island

One man’s trash, runs the old saw, is another’s treasure. In the case of San Francisco’s Treasure Island, the “trash” consisted of some 500 acres’ worth of gravel and dredged sand dumped on a dangerous reef to create a site for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition. And the treasure? After decades of inaction, it … Read More

October 19, 2016

The Arch Turns 50

New grounds show off Saarinen’s modernist masterpiece

St. Louis—To mark the fiftieth anniversary of “Topping Out Day”—the harrowing placement of the keystone into the St. Louis Gateway Arch on October 28, 1965—a metaphorical keystone will drop into place with the completion of the new Park Over the Highway. Long severed from downtown St. Louis by Interstate 44, the Arch will finally be … Read More

Stefene Russell | On Location, Public Art Review

October 19, 2016

Object Lessons

Increasingly, K-12 educators are looking to public art to enrich learning across the curriculum

As K-12 schools around the country kick into high gear, students at one Minnesota school have a unique opportunity to display artworks to the entire neighborhood in an outdoor gallery. It’s called Connections Gallery, and it was conceived of and constructed by students at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, in collaboration with a neighborhood artist, … Read More