July 13, 2017

Summer film screenings on Forecast grantees

The Commons Summer Series to screen short films - July 27, Aug 10 & 24

Short films on Forecast grantees are opening for The Commons 2017 Summer Series. Bring a blanket and a friend for a series of free Thursday night open air screenings! Events start at 7pm, with all short films airing at 7:15PM, opening for the listed features. The Commons is located at 425 Portland Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN … Read More

Public Art Review | Community, Events, Forecast

February 16, 2017

Artist Talk: Mona Smith

Sarah Abiya reflects on Mona Smith's presentation at The McKnight Foundation

A Google search for “Mona Smith, artist” will return a wealth of links to her multi-media creations. During a recent Forecast-sponsored presentation held at the McKnight Foundation, Smith, a Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, showed her audience a few examples of these works: layers of sound and image and language, delicately woven into films and websites and installations. … Read More

Sarah Abiya | Community, Events

December 8, 2016

Mujeres Grabando Resistencia

Artist Talk at Forecast Public Art, November 18, 2016

Braving a surprise Minnesota downpour, it was a packed house for Forecast Public Art and Electric Machete Studios’ hosted talk by Mujeres Grabando Resistencias (Women Engraving Resistance) on November 18, 2016 at Forecast Public Art’s Saint Paul headquarters. Mujeres Grabando Resistencias is a group of 10-21 women from various backgrounds and creative practices who come … Read More

Beth Loraine Bowman | Community, Events

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 9, 2016

Public Art Scrambler

Mark VanderSchaaf shares his thoughts on deep placemaking

October 8, 2016 – In 2012, Forecast started hosting the public gatherings – workshops, conversations, presentations – designed to engage people working in and interested in public art. The events are focused on issues and ideas related to public art creation, process and ideation — temporary and permanent. Over the years, we’ve designed multiple events … Read More

Mark VanderSchaaf | Events

July 20, 2016

Videos: The Intersection of Art + Community + Public Space

RARE Artist Witt Siasoco creates a space for conversation

This year’s experience through the Richfield Artist Resident Engagement project with Cornerstone Group and Forecast Public Art was enticing to me because it was partnership between a private developer and the arts. There are many opportunities that exist within these types of partnerships, but in the end the project left me with many new unanswered … Read More

Witt Siasoco | Community

June 28, 2016

Don’t You Feel It Too?

Beth Bowman recaps an artist talk with Marcus Young

Don’t You Feel It Too? On June 7, 2016, Forecast Public Art hosted an artist talk by one of our  favorite creative practitioners, Marcus Young 楊墨, at the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Marcus is a practicing artist and was a City Artist for the City of Saint Paul for nine years, where he launched … Read More

Beth Bowman | Events

June 1, 2016


April event explores the complicated nature of a shared vocabulary

On April 28th, Forecast hosted an OpenSpace/OpenBar based on an article written by Bill Cleveland for the Public Art Review. In the article, Cleveland raises questions about the blurry, and often misunderstood, vocabulary we use to describe the complex creative efforts underway in communities around the country. The article encouraged Forecast staff to design a … Read More

Joann Makela | Community, Events

March 21, 2016

Public Art Scrambler: David Loewenstein

Dudley Voight reflects on an artist talk

On March 1, 2015, artist, activist and organizer David Loewenstein spoke at the Public Art Scrambler. The Public Art Scrambler invites self-defined public art professionals to learn and connect with peers at quarterly meetings in the Twin Cities. The events are focused on issues and ideas related to public art creation, process and ideation — … Read More

Dudley Voight | Events

February 20, 2016

February Public Art Scrambler Recap

Stadiums, Ballparks and the Arts - An Insider Perspective

February 17, 2015 – This month’s Public Art Scrambler featured presentations by Cheryl Wilgren Clyne – Art Director for the Saint Paul Saints, Tanya Dreesen – Minnesota Viking’s VP of Partnership Activation & Special Projects, and Greg Nielsen, a member of the newly formed Community Advisory Committee for the Midway soccer stadium and master site plan … Read More

Public Art Review | Community, Events, Forecast

February 17, 2016

Stargazing in Richfield, MN (Video)

An update on the Richfield Artist Resident Engagement Project (RARE)

Public art connects people, personalizes public space, and activates civic dialogue. While the contemporary boundaries of public art are always expanding—with artists constantly redefining what it actually is and can be – the significance of art in the public sphere remains the same. It is a standard element in healthy societies, and the engineers of … Read More

Forecast Public Art with Julia Bither | Community, Forecast

November 19, 2015

Artist Talk: Manav Gupta

Weaving spirituality and environmentalism in public art

On November 11, 2015, Internationally acclaimed public artist, Manav Gupta, spoke to his career as an international artist, specifically his work “Excavations in Hymns of Clay” that has been described as a “suite of environmental art installations where the artist deploys the quintessentially Indian potter’s produce of clay objects such as the earthen lamps (“diyas”), local cigar (“chilam”), … Read More

Public Art Review | Community, Events, Forecast