At Forecast Public Art we have a long-held belief that public art plays a crucial role in shaping culturally vibrant and sustainable communities. As the result of the national election, we feel this calling with renewed purpose. We cannot remain silent in the face of attitudes of racism, sexism, homophobia, misogyny or intolerance of any kind.

What does this belief mean today when we live in a deeply divided country? How do we support members of our community who don’t feel safe and welcome in public spaces? What is the role of free speech and creative dissent in our country’s future?

We know that art has the power to heal, disrupt, bring beauty, expose injustice, build community, and so much more. We know that artists are agents of change and have an essential role in our public life.

At Forecast, we want to be a part of advancing collaborative solutions, opening up dialogues, combatting and redefining negative narratives, shaping our shared environment for all people, and influencing positive change.

We invite you to be a part of this work and we want to hear from you. We have two upcoming opportunities.

Open Space Open Bar

Co-presented with ACLU-MN

December 7, 2016; 4-7 PM (conversation and happy hour)

Join us for a facilitated conversation engaging the following questions: What is the role of free speech and creative dissent in our country’s future? How does public art play a role?

Click <here> to RSVP and get more information.

Public Art Review Call for Writers and Stories:

We are currently planning the spring/summer issue of Public Art Review and our editorial team is looking for story ideas for both the print magazine and sharing online. We encourage ideas about public art projects, people, places, issues, trends, concerns, etc. that are in direct response to the election or that simply feel most important to you at this moment.

Please submit your ideas so we can consider them at our next editorial meeting.

  • If you have a story you want to write yourself, let us know. All we need is a short paragraph or two about the idea and why you think it’s important for readers of Public Art Review. We pay everyone we contract to write for our print publication.
  • If you have a story idea for us but don’t want to write about it yourself, please do share with us what’s most important to you. We have a strong team of journalists we can call upon to do the writing.
  • Please let us know about important stories already covered online that we can more immediately share with our global audience at

People of color, LGBTQ individuals, women, veterans and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to submit.

Send your story ideas by Nov 30 to:

And as always, all are welcome at Forecast Public Art. Please stop by, call, and reach out to us at We offer a safe and welcoming space for all.