June 14, 2017

Richfield Lake Amphitheater & Mosaic Mural Dedication

Celebration to mark the completion of a community mosaic mural in Richfield, MN.

In 2014 Forecast embarked on a new public art initiative in partnership with The Cornerstone Group—a Minnesota-based, progressive real estate development company grounded in sustainable development practices—called the Richfield Artist Resident Engagement (RARE). The mission of RARE is to use the new Lyndale Gardens development in Richfield, MN as a launch point for community artworks … Read More

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May 17, 2017

The Future of Forecast

Learn more about how Forecast will advance the transformational power of arts in public life over the next few years.

Forecast is committed to advancing the transformational power of arts in public life. We’re excited to share our vision for the future that will significantly impact the quality of public life in Minnesota and beyond! Here are just some of the things we plan to accomplish over the next few years: Build the next generation … Read More

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April 18, 2017

Public Art and Placemaking Tool for City Planners

Forecast Selects Five Minnesota Cities to Participate in Two-year Pilot Project

Forecast Public Art is partnering with the American Planning Association (APA) to develop and pilot a Public Art and Placemaking Tool for City Planners, made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. Public Art and Placemaking Tool for City Planners will be … Read More

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March 28, 2017

Summer Arts Discovery Exhibition Opportunity

Call for Artworks 2017

Forecast Public Art is assisting Minnesota Landmarks in St. Paul, Minnesota to exhibit a variety of original artworks inside Landmark Center during the summer of 2017 as part of its Summer Arts Discovery Program. Background Founded in 1970, Minnesota Landmarks Inc. was established to preserve and maintain Landmark Center as one of downtown Saint Paul’s most historically significant … Read More

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March 16, 2017

“Welcome to the Fire” Brings Dance Into Zones of Social Conflict

2016 Forecast Mid-career Project Grantee Interview

Forecast invited 2016 Mid-career Project grantee Marcus Young to write a blog for our website reflecting on a recent “Don’t You Feel It Too?” activity.   Thanks to a 2016 Forecast Mid-career Project Grant, Don’t You Feel It Too? (DYFIT) is gearing up for a big season which includes a new type of activity called “Welcome to … Read More

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

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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

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