Grant Amount: $50,000

Application Deadline: RFQ Deadline July 18, 2017

Grant-Funded Period: January 2018 – May 2019

Eligibility: Click here to review eligibility requirements.

Application: Click here to apply.


Grant Intentions: This grant supports the creation of a new publicly accessible temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a Minnesota-based mid-career public artist. Projects may be in any form or discipline, including performance, dance, storytelling, photography, film, sculpture, painting, etc.

Two-stage Application Process: RFQs are due by July 18, 2017 and must be submitted via the Submittable online application platform. A panel of public art professionals will select 5 finalists, each of whom will be provided with a $1,000 stipend to support the development of a project presentation. All applicants will be notified of finalist decisions by mid-September.

Project proposals will be presented to the selection panel in December 2017 after which point one grant will be awarded. The project site must be secured by the date of finalist presentations (written documentation of site approval is required). It is recommended that applicants begin a discussion with site owners at the RFQ stage. Projects may be additionally supported by public or nonprofit agencies, or through in-kind sources, however, private commissions are not eligible.



Project Overview (limit 75 words)

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

Project Proposal (limit 500 words)

Describe your proposed project and its implementation. What are you investigating? Who are your collaborators/partners? How will you implement it?

Community Connection (limit 250 words)

How do you define community? What is your connection to that community?How do you plan to engage the community in your project, and how will they benefit from your project?

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.


Artist Presentations Five applicants will be selected as finalists and provided with $1,000 each as a design stipend. Finalists will be invited to a meeting once they are selected to review this process more thoroughly. Finalists will be expected to present the following materials to the review panel in a combination presentation/interview format.

• Project Proposal – A 2-3 page proposal conveying project concept, process, timeline, site specificity, and value of the project to the artist and the community.

• Full Project Budget

• Site Approval Letter

• Visual Presentation – Presentation should give the panel a detailed and accurate indication of what the work will look like upon completion. Presentations can me made utilizing digital imaging programs such as Auto Cad or Sketch Up. They can be illustrated on boards or be presented as physical models or maquettes.

Materials may not be returned to finalists.


Selection Criteria

• Quality and Clarity of Proposal

• Value of Project to Artist’s Development

• Benefit of Project to the Community (artistic quality, civic engagement, beautification, etc.)

• Quality of Work Samples


Professional Development Component: Forecast actively supports the advancement of grantees through professional development.  Grant participants enjoy a series of activities that enhance their learning experience during the grant period. Grantee meetings provide a forum for dialogue among grant recipients, focused on their projects, progress, and challenges. Specific meeting themes change on a yearly basis and are designed to cater to the needs of participants during a given grant round. Activities connecting grantees with professional public artists take a variety of formats from facilitated conversations to portfolio reviews. Forecast is also currently developing a workshop series with themes ranging from public art history to honing an artist’s statement and effectively engaging communities. Pending the receipt of funding, workshop attendance will be subsidized for grantees. A short year-end film detailing the work of each grantee is produced, providing participants with documentation of their projects or research.

Grant History: 2018 will be the seventh year that this grant will be awarded. Our first McKnight Project grantee, Randy Walker, was awarded in March 2012. Randy, in partnership with YouthLink, a conglomeration of services for homeless youth, installed a public art sculpture combining permanent and ephemeral elements that serves as a way finder and creative outlet for the Kulture Klub group. Walker created a permanent structure to be continually renewed with temporary elements developed by Kulture Klub participants and worked with the organization on the first two installations, drawing from his own background in fiber arts.


Please note that failure to follow application instructions may result in your application being deemed ineligible.