Forecast

December 19, 2016

Free Speech, Creative Dissent + Public Space

Two local arts professionals reflect on a presentation and conversation with the ACLU-MN

This year’s presidential election leaves our country deeply divided and we, at Forecast, found ourselves seeking ways to respond and make space for our community to come together. With many communities feeling fear and concern, it felt more important than ever for public spaces to be welcoming, culturally vibrant, and safe for everyone. As it happens, … Read More

Christina Chang + David O'Fallon | Forecast

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

November 21, 2016

Celebrating Somali Culture

A collaboration between Forecast, the Somali Museum and Hennepin County

Forecast has collaborated with the Multicultural Arts Committee, a program of Hennepin County for more than ten years, bridging the ideas, questions and issues of the committee and the county they represent to art and artists in the region. Click here for Somali translation. The year’s exhibition – “The Somali Museum of Minnesota: Treasures of … Read More

Public Art Review | Consulting, Forecast

November 16, 2016

From the Studio to the Streets

Artist Sarah Abiya reflects on Forecast career development workshops

In early September twenty newly-minted members of Forecast’s Making it Public workshop series convened in a conference room in St. Paul’s Lowertown Arts District. Passersby may have wondered what this hodge-podge group might have in common; visually, not much. We were diverse in terms of age and race and creed, and though we were all … Read More

Sarah Abiya | Consulting

November 16, 2016

A Message from Forecast Public Art

With upcoming opportunities for involvement

At Forecast Public Art we have a long-held belief that public art plays a crucial role in shaping culturally vibrant and sustainable communities. As the result of the national election, we feel this calling with renewed purpose. We cannot remain silent in the face of attitudes of racism, sexism, homophobia, misogyny or intolerance of any … Read More

Forecast Public Art and Public Art Review | Forecast

November 3, 2016

End of Summer Arts Jam

Richfield Artist Residency ends the year with a splash

On September 21 Shá Cage and E.G. Bailey hosted a beat-heavy, creation-inducing evening of local art, music, poetry and dance for the final event of their Richfield Artist Residency (RARE) funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board. This art-infused party in north central Richfield topped off Shá and E.G.’s RARE collaboration with Forecast Public Art … Read More

Forecast | Consulting, Forecast

October 27, 2016

Mujeres Grabando Resistencia

Artist Talk at Forecast Public Art, November 18, 2016

Join Forecast Public Art in partnership with Electric Machete Studios in welcoming Mujeres Grabando Resistencias (Women Engraving Resistance) for a breakfast artist talk and gathering with the political print and public art collective. Based in Mexico, D.F. the powerful work of these artists intervenes in the all too common narrative of disappearances and violence of … Read More

Forecast | Forecast

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 11, 2016

Announcing the Forecast Future Fund

Forecast Public Art is helping to raise the profile of public art locally and globally. Click here to make a one-time tax-deductible contribution or set up a recurring gift online. This year, Theresa Sweetland joined Forecast as our new Executive Director. As Forecast’s founder Jack Becker focuses on building our Community Services team and Theresa moves forward in her new leadership role, … Read More

Forecast | Forecast

October 10, 2016

It Takes a Village…Large-Scale Mosaic Making in Community

Greta McLain reflects on her artist residency in Richfield, Minnesota

Artist Greta McLain reflects on her artist residency as part of the RARE: Richfield Artist Resident Engagement initiative, a joint initiative of Forecast Public Art and the Cornerstone Group, a real estate development group. Working with The Cornerstone Group on a new development in Richfield, McLain spent the summer with community members designing and creating a large-scale mosaic installation for the … Read More

Forecast | Consulting, Forecast

October 10, 2016

RARE Artist Interview: Witt Siasoco

IFP Minnesota interviews public artist about his work with the Richfield Artist Resident Engagement initiative

The Richfield Artist Resident Engagement (RARE) initiative piloted in 2015 with established public art practitioners Witt Siasoco and Emily Johnson. The artists designed and delivered a range of artistic engagements to develop deeper relationships with people in the community, and to further the conversation about how arts can play a role in the every day lives of Richfield residents. … Read More

Forecast | Consulting, 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