March 16, 2017

Making It Public Grantees at Northern Spark 2017

Julie Benda and Mary Jane Mansfield talk about their upcoming projects for the theme Climate Chaos | Climate Rising

Artists Julie Benda and Mary Jane Mansfield participated in Making It Public in 2016, a series of workshops led by experienced Forecast staff and other professionals in the field. The Making It Public workshops series, designed to help artists explore the process of bringing their work into the public art sphere, provides an in-depth introduction to public … Read More

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March 8, 2017

2016 Grantees Explore Performative Public Art

Independent Filmmaker Project MN captures the stories of Forecast grantees

In 2016, a number of Forecast grantees received funding to explore creative strategies for bringing their performing arts practices into the public realm. Malia Burkhart developed an ensemble process that culminated in a performance in a public park; Eric F. Avery researched methods for creating a participatory, multi-site performance; and Laryssa Husiak prototyped an interactive … Read More

Forecast Public Art | Artist Grants

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

February 15, 2017

2016 Grantee Rory Wakemup

Independent Filmmaker Project MN captures the stories of Forecast grantees

As a 2016 Emerging Artist Project grantee, Rory Wakemup invited Native youth to connect with artists and elders to create costumed alter egos by combining Native regalia and Star Wars motifs. The project culminated in a performance battle, Smart Wars, where youth costumed as their alter egos fought racist mascots portrayed by the comedy group The 1491s at Indigenous Peoples … Read More

Forecast | Artist Grants, Forecast

January 19, 2017

20 Questions for the Art/Business of Life

Reflections from a Forecast grantee

Forecast recently invited 2016 Emerging Artist Research & Development grantee Eric F. Avery to write a blog for our website reflecting on the grant year.   I recently wrapped up working on a Research and Development Grant from Forecast and was invited to write a blog post. Initially, I was thinking I would write about public … Read More

December 21, 2016

Announcing our 2017 Grantees!

Forecast Public Art grants more than $92,000 to Minnesota-based artists

  ST. PAUL, MN — Forecast is excited to announce our 2017 grant recipients!  Sam Gould was awarded our $50,000 Mid-Career Project Grant, designed for mid-career public artists. Essma Imady and Aaron Johnson-Ortiz were each awarded an $8,000 Emerging Artist Project Grant. Moheb Soliman and Works Progress (Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker) each received $5,000 Mid-Career Professional … Read More

Forecast Public Art | Artist Services Projects

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