After an extensive national search, Theresa Sweetland has been selected as the new executive director of Forecast Public Art, a nonprofit that connects the energies and talents of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities across the U.S. She will begin on June 13.
“We are thrilled to announce that Theresa Sweetland will be joining Forecast Public Art as executive director,” said Bob Kost, Forecast Board Chair. “With her extensive experience in nonprofit arts leadership, we think Theresa is uniquely qualified to help Forecast increase its impact locally, nationally, and internationally.”
Theresa Sweetland is an experienced executive director, fundraiser, curator, and leader in the field of community cultural development and creative placemaking. Theresa served as Executive/Artistic Director of Intermedia Arts, Minnesota’s premier multidisciplinary, multicultural arts organization, where her leadership successfully revived this renowned arts organization from near death in 2009 to stability and national prominence. Most recently, she served as Director of Development and External Relations at the Minnesota Museum of American Art where her efforts focused on raising visibility and resources to support the rebirth of the St. Paul institution.
Her passion and know-how have continually brought together diverse sectors of the community, artists and planners, elders and teens, prisoners and poets, to build collaborations and partnerships that expand and enrich lives and build community. Theresa holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from The University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a concentration on community and economic development. Theresa is a Co-Founding Artistic Director of B-Girl Be, the world’s first international women in hip hop summit and founding director of Creative CityMaking, a pioneering partnership between artists and city staff to advance racial equity goals and engage underrepresented communities in determining the future of Minneapolis. Theresa was recognized for bold new steps and strategic leadership with the Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Initiative in 2015.
“I’m excited to be joining the stellar team at Forecast Public Art at this pivotal time,” says Theresa Sweetland. “As an internationally recognized public art leader, Forecast’s role is more vital today than ever as we invest in visionary artists, share their stories, and advance positive change in the field and our world.”
Forecast’s founding executive director, Jack Becker, will lead an effort to grow the organization’s Community Services program, which helps communities plan and bring public art projects to life. Jack will work to expand these services in response to market demand and according to goals set in Forecast’s current strategic plan. In this new role, Jack’s title is Director of Community Services.
“I’ve been an admirer of Theresa and her leadership for many years. It’s great to see her taking the helm of Forecast at this exciting moment in the organization’s history,” said Jack Becker. “Forecast is in a really strong position right now, with lots of opportunities on the horizon. I look forward to working with Theresa and helping take Forecast to the next level.”