January 17, 2018

Celebrating 40 years of impact

Since 1978, Forecast has been a force in the fields of public art and placemaking.

Forecast is celebrating 40 years of impacting communities through public art and placemaking!    What an incredible 40 years it has been! Since 1978, Forecast has grown to be respected internationally as a leader in our field, published 57 issues of our award-winning magazine Public Art Review, provided grant funding to over 300 artists, supported hundreds … Read More

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January 16, 2018

Consulting success: “Big Water” by Foster Willey

With assistance from Forecast, the City of Wayzata installs its first commissioned artwork

WAYZATA, Minn. – Installation is complete on Forecast’s latest consulting project! Foster Willey’s sculpture, Big Water, acts as a gateway to the city of Wayzata, Minnesota, and celebration of Lake Minnetonka. Inspired by the natural local landscape, the curvilinear eight-foot stainless steel sculpture was carefully scaled and sited. Willey worked with an industrial fabricator and … Read More

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January 2, 2018

Forecast in Hawai’i

Forecast took our expertise to Honolulu, holding a symposium with WESTAF, hosting a workshop, and managing an artist residency for Thiago Mundano

Forecast had an amazing experience in Honolulu! From November 5-12, 2017, executive director Theresa Sweetland, along with founder and director of consulting and creative services Jack Becker and creative services manager Jen Krava were on the ground participating in three major events: a symposium, a workshop, and an artist residency. Along the way, they met … Read More

December 20, 2017

Announcing Forecast’s 2018 Grantees

Forecast awards $92,000 to Minnesota-based artists

Congratulations to our 2018 Forecast grantees! We look forward to sharing more on their incredible projects over the next year. Forecast 2018 grantees: Phillip Espinoza Day, Mid-Career Project Grantee, $50,000 Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, Emerging Artist Project Grantee, $8,000 Team of Oskar Ly + Christina Vang, Emerging Artist Project Grantee, $8,000 Sean Connaughty, Mid-Career Professional Development Grantee, $5,000 Ann Klefstad, … Read More

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December 20, 2017

Aaron Johnson-Ortiz: Workers United in Struggle mural

2017 Forecast grantee completes project

2017 Forecast Early Career Project Grantee Aaron Johnson-Ortiz recently completed his project– a stunning community-driven mural in Minneapolis, MN. The Forecast Early Career Project grant opportunity gives artists early in their public art career the opportunity to experiment and hone their practices, as well as cultivate careers in the field. Artist and community organizer Johnson-Ortiz engaged … Read More

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December 20, 2017

Support Forecast with a year-end gift!

Your generosity will keep our important work going forward into our 40th year.

Tis the season of generosity! We hope you’ll support the important work of Forecast with a year-end gift. By supporting Forecast, you become a part of all we do—and we’re a community of doers. In 2017, we went on the ground in Hawaii to manage an artist residency that increased the Honolulu homeless community’s sense of pride in … Read More

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November 15, 2017

Fargo Civic Art and Placemaking Plan

Development of Public Art Possibilities

Forecast Public Art is excited to have facilitated the Fargo Public Art Master Plan! In the fall of 2016, Forecast was hired by The City of Fargo to create a civic art and placemaking plan, a comprehensive scheme to guide creative city building and foster public arts development in the city. Public Art Possibilities was the … Read More

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October 19, 2017

Jack Becker takes his public art and placemaking expertise to Peru

Forecast founder and Director of Consulting and Creative Services invited to assist with public art planning in Lima, Peru

Jack Becker, Forecast founder and Director of Consulting and Creative Services, was invited to visit Lima, Peru by the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). Their interdisciplinary research group, EMPLAZAR (Space + Art + Public) is composed of art historians, architects, curators and philosophers, and is “dedicated to addressing the conditions of living in Lima through artistic dynamics in … Read More

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October 2, 2017

Forecast Public Art 2018 Mid-Career Project Grant Finalists

Forecast is excited to announce the six finalists for our annual Mid-Career Project Grant: Phillip Espinoza Day, Tana Hargest, Greta McLain, Karl Unnasch, Pramila Vasudevan, and the team of Delina White, Sage Davis and Lavendar Hunt.   Each of the six finalists will receive $1,000 to prepare a proposal on their project to be presented in … Read More

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September 20, 2017

Elementary School Community-driven Mural

Forecast partners with GoodSpace Murals and Sheridan School

  Forecast is excited to begin collaborations with muralist Greta McLain and silkscreen artist Drew Peterson to engage students at Sheridan Arts Magnet in creating a large, community-driven mural on the exterior of the school. The mural-making process will include workshops and programming to teach students and participants paint and screen-printing techniques, as well as create connections and broaden … Read More

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September 20, 2017

DARTS Pop-up Bookmobile

Social Resource Library Machine in Saint Paul District

  In 2017, with funding from Knight Foundation, Forecast Public Art had the unique opportunity to partner with one District in St. Paul to produce a series of temporary “demonstration projects” that share and model processes and best practices for working with artists and communities and encourage spontaneous engagement in public space. Forecast sees a growing … Read More

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August 16, 2017

Announcing Forecast’s 2017 Making It Public workshop participants

Forecast is pleased to announce the artists selected to participate in the fourth year of Making It Public, our two-day intensive workshop designed to help artists learn how to create public art. Designed for any studio practice/artistic approach (screen printing, sculpture, community engagement, painting and more), Making It Public offers artists new to the field of public art: … Read More