Forecast Public Art is excited to announce the second year of Making It Public, a five-part workshop series to help artists explore how to bring their work to the public.

This workshop is for artists new to working in public art. The five-part workshop series focuses on the fundamentals of creating public art. Additionally, workshop participants will be invited to compete for 2-3 project grants in Lowertown, St. Paul. All participants will receive follow up artist consulting from Forecast staff free of charge.

The program is open to artists working in all media who are interested in bringing their practice to the public. Acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis with preference given to artists living and/or working in Lowertown St. Paul. Participation is limited to artists who have led no more than one public art project with a budget greater than $1,000.

Registration is closed for this workshop. Sign up for the Forecast newsletter to receive information about future workshops.

Workshop Details

  • Five Wednesdays, April 29 – May 27, 6-9pm. Participants are expected to attend all five sessions.
  • Workshops will cover topics including site analysis, community engagement, permitting, conservation, proposal preparation, project management, and project ideation.
  • New this year: Project proposal development coaching and implementation of up to three public art projects to be selected by a community panel.
  • Guest speakers will include Sarah Peters (Northern Lights), Jack Becker (Forecast Public Art), Kristin Cheronis (Sculpture Conservation), artist Seitu Jones, and St. Paul City Artist in Residence Amanda Lovelee.
  • Workshops will take place at multiple locations in Lowertown, St. Paul: Minnesota State Arts Board, Union Depot, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Bedlam Lowertown, as well as the Forecast offices.
  • The program is made possible with funding from the Lowertown Future Fund and is offered at no cost to the artists.

Participant Qualifications

  • Artists of all media forms are welcome to participate.
  • Acceptance based on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference given to artists that live/work in Lowertown. Limit 20.
  • Participation is limited to artists who have led no more than one public art project with a budget greater than $1,000.
  • Participants must commit to attending all 5 sessions.
  • Forecast staff will notify all participants whether or not they have been accepted to participate in the workshop within a week of registration closing.

This workshop is facilitated by Kirstin Wiegman and Carrie Christensen. Please contact Kirstin at kirstin@forecastpublicart.org with questions.

This workshop series is made possible by Lowertown Future Fund.