Every year Forecast is amazed by the talented artists and innovative ideas that are proposed through our annual grant program. We want to thank all of our applicants for their hard work and creative concepts. We would also like to thank our independent selection panel for taking on the challenging task of selecting grantees.

Congratulations to the following artists from Forecast and our panel members; Roger Cummings, the Artistic Director and co founder of Juxtaposition Arts; Lynn Basa, a public artist living in Chicago, a teacher at Art Institute Chicago and author of  The Artists Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions; and Lisa Bergh, an artist based out of New London, MN and curator of the public art project ArtHouse.


McKnight Project Grant

Melisande Charles will be working on  a web-based project that seeks to highlight the recent closures of many of Minnesota’s Post Offices. Through a variety of community engagement processes, outreach, and online resources this project will seek designs from MN artists both professional and amateur for stamps, postcards, and posters. Winning designs will be published and sold with proceeds supporting the local Post Offices and the artists. The project will be hosted online in collaboration with the MN History Center and may also be mounted into a traveling exhibition.


McKnight Project Grant Finalists

Tamsie Ringler

Rebecca Krinke

Craig David

Harriet Bart


McKnight Professional Development  

Liz Miller will research new materials and fabrication techniques to transition from temporary to permanent public projects.

Todd Boss will begin the planning stages of a project that will project poetry films on facade of St Paul’s historic Union Depot.


Jerome Project Grants 

Cecilia Schiller will create and install a water-driven kinetic sculpture in a Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District rain garden at Maplewood Mall.

Sara Hanson will create and exhibit a mobile sculpture with an interactive time capsule component that travels into communities and public spaces.


Jerome Planning Grant 

Eben Kowler & Eli Edleson-Stein’s project School 2.0 will playfully re-imagine school through participatory “lessons” that spark creative play radical imagination.

Tim Donahue plans to research and develop a bicycle-powered interactive mobile light sculpture that plays off of the large white canvas of Minneapolis snow fields at night.

Soozin Hirschmugl  will be researching  funding options, touring venues, and other ways to actualize a touring puppet production of Minnesota State Fair Legend Lillian Colton AKA The Seed Queen.

Mara V. Pelecis will research and determine interviews and locations for CrossRoads a storytelling based mobile app, representing diverse voices on a shared platform.


East Central Regional Arts Council Project Grant 

Terri Huro’s project Within the Skin is a photography project documenting tattoos, scars, and birthmarks and collecting the stories of the participants. Will be exhibited at the Kanabec County Fair.

Alison Holland plans to use collaboration movement techniques with community members to begin a conversation about the future of a long-vacant gravel lot in downtown Mora.


East Central Regional Arts Council Planning Grant 

Jason Bord will further develop models and study material processes that will be used to promote future public art projects.

Dane R. Winkler will  experiment and research various interactive mediums (projection and kinetic works) to develop a public art work in rural MN.