This page contains information about Forecast’s Mid-Career Professional Development Grant. Please review application and eligibility requirements carefully. 


Grant Amount: $5,000

Application Deadline: October 17, 2017

Grant-Funded Period: January-November 2018

Grant Intentions: This grant supports public art professional development activities by MN-based mid-career artists.


Grant Overview


This grant supports Minnesota-based mid-career artists seeking to expand or advance their careers in the field of public art. Funding can be used to support the development of a project idea or to participate in activities that will help applicants further their careers as public artists. Professional development activities can range from residencies to apprenticeships, conferences, travel, study, skill development, and the creation of project models or prototypes, as long as the overall outcome is to advance the applicant’s public art career. Please see the definitions of public art and mid-career below.

Professional Development grants may be used for the development of proposals for other public or nonprofit agencies; however, commission or client-based work is not eligible.

  • What is Public Art?  Broadly speaking, public art is artwork in the public realm, regardless of whether it is situated on public or private property, or whether it is supported through public or private funding. It can range from temporary to permanent work, murals to sculptures, interventions, performances, storytelling, iron pours, sound and light projects, dance and spoken word. It is free and accessible to all members of a community.
  • What is a Mid-Career Artist? Mid-career artists are recognized by their peers and arts professionals, have produced an independent body of work and have a record of commissions, projects, or exhibitions.


Application Process

  • Applications will only be accepted via the Submittable online application system. Click here to apply. (Application will be open beginning September 1, 2017.)
  • Complete applications include the following: a brief application overview (limit 75 words), application proposal (limit 500 words), benefit to the community (limit 250 words), impact on artistic career/development (limit 250 words), experience page, work samples, and work sample information.


Application Materials

Application Overview (limit 75 words)

Brief summary of the professional development proposal. This will be used for reference during the panel review process and for public announcements if the application is awarded funding.

Application Proposal (limit 500 words)

Describe your proposed professional development activities. What will you use funding for? Are there specific activities, research, or collaborators that will be involved?

Benefit to the Community (limit 250 words)

How do you define community? What is your connection to that community? How does your work benefit that community and how could this grant help you enhance or increase that benefit? Community can be defined in a variety of ways and applicants should speak to how their work will benefit their defined community.

Mid-Career Status (limit 250 words)

Describe your status as a mid-career artist.

Impact on Artistic Development/Career (limit 250 words).

How will this project support or impact your artistic development/career?

Experience Page

Upload a document (2 pages max) that lists 10 experiences you have had in your life that have influenced your artistic practice. Choose one experience and expand upon it in 250 words.

If the applicant is a collective or artist team, upload a experience page for each member (2 page max per person).

Work Samples: Work samples are accepted in a range of media and are based on a limit of 10 images. Please see detailed work sample submission requirements below. Applicants choosing to submit sample types other than images should use the following guidelines:

1 images = 30 seconds of video/audio = half a page of written work 

Select examples of allowed work samples include:

  • 10 images OR
  • 5 images and 2.5 minutes of video/audio OR
  • 5 minutes of video/audio OR
  • 2.5 pages of written work and 2.5 minutes of video/audio, etc.

If submitting images:

  • Limit of 10 images, if images are the only work sample type submitted.
  • The following file types are accepted: jpg, gif, tiff, and png.

If submitting video/audio:

  • Limit of 5 minutes total if video/audio samples are the only work sample types submitted.
  • Samples may be split into multiple video/audio files, however, the combined length of submitted samples must be edited to stay within total length limits.
  • Edit and organize video/audio samples mindfully – do note that panelists may not watch video/audio submissions in their entirety.
  • The following video and audio types are accepted: mp4, mov, avi, mpg, 3gp, flv, webm, wmv, mkv, mp3, m4a, wav, ogg, aac, flac, aiff, and wma.

If submitting written work samples:

  • PDF documents are preferred.
  • Limit of 5 written pages if written work is the only work sample type submitted.
  • Edit and format mindfully – do note that panelists may skim longer text submissions.

Email with any questions.



Eligibility Requirements

  • Ineligible or incomplete proposals will not be forwarded for panel review.
  • Click here to review eligibility requirements before beginning the application process.


Selection Criteria

  • Quality & Clarity of Proposal – the strength of the proposed idea, clear consideration of of the scope of work proposed and the applicant’s ability to see it through to completion.
  • Value of Project to Artist’s Development – applicants for this opportunity must be mid-career artists, yet also show potential for development, innovation, deepened practice, or new growth. This opportunity is specifically oriented toward expanding the artist’s career development in the field of public art.
  • Benefit to the Community – This can take many forms from enjoyment to beautification, civic engagement, filling a need or meaningful collaboration. Community can be defined in a variety of ways and applicants should speak to how their work will benefit their defined community.
  • Quality of Work Samples – This criteria relates both the quality of the work shared as well as the degree to which the work samples support the artist’s ability to complete the proposed work.



  • Visit our Grantee Vimeo Channel to watch short documentaries highlighting previously funded projects.
  • Read our Grant Tips to strengthen your application.
  • Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for information about proposed work, Forecast’s grant program and our selection process.


Staff Help

  • Attend a Grant Information Session to learn more about grant opportunities:

September 14 and September 20, 6-7 p.m. RSVP HERE.