Congratulations to our 2018 Forecast grantees! We look forward to sharing more on their incredible projects over the next year.

Forecast 2018 grantees:

Phillip Espinoza Day, Mid-Career Project Grantee, $50,000

Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, Emerging Artist Project Grantee, $8,000

Team of Oskar Ly + Christina Vang, Emerging Artist Project Grantee, $8,000

Sean Connaughty, Mid-Career Professional Development Grantee, $5,000

Ann Klefstad, Mid-Career Professional Development Grantee, $5,000

Ifrah Mansour, Emerging Artist Research and Development Grantee, $2,500

Nancy Musinguzi, Emerging Artist Research and Development Grantee, $2,500

Lacey Prpic Hedtke, Emerging Artist Research and Development Grantee, $2,500

Emmett Ramstad, Emerging Artist Research and Development Grantee, $2,500



Phillip Espinoza Day was awarded Forecast’s seventh annual Mid-Career Project Grant. Previous grant awardees include Sam Gould, Marcus Young, Seitu Jones, Mankwe Ndosi, Melisande Charles, and Randy Walker. “Mid-career” artists are defined as being recognized by their peers and arts professionals, having produced an independent body of work, and having a record of commissions, projects, or exhibitions.

Phillip Espinoza Day, The Lowrider Garage Project

For his Mid-Career Project, Phillip Espinoza Day will undertake “The Lowrider Garage Project” (TLGP). TLGP will teach 10- 15 Twin Cities youth the discipline of the Chican@/Latinx art car form known as the Lowrider! TLGP will take place in community-shared garage spaces in St. Paul and Minneapolis over three different 16-week sessions starting in January 2018. Day will work with youth ages 15-19 to build a lowrider car/truck, and youth ages 8-14 to build lowrider bicycles. TLGP is partnering with Cycles for Change, a non-profit bike shop, which will serve as the site for the lowrider bicycle shop; and Soundset, a Minnesota music festival where the art car and bicycles will be unveiled to an audience of over 30,000 attendees in 2019. Beyond youth being engaged in helping to preserve this struggling cultural art form, they will also be exposed to trades in custom auto body, mechanics trades, and entrepreneurship through art.



The McKnight Foundation generously enables Forecast to provide Professional Development Grants for mid-career artists seeking to expand their work in the field of public art.

Sean Connaughty, Creating a collaborative and developing designs for Lake Hiawatha and surrounding parkland.

For their Mid-Career Professional Development project, Sean Connaughty will create a collaborative and develop concepts for public art projects at Lake Hiawatha. Lake Hiawatha Park is set to transform due to upcoming changes to be implemented after the impending reduction of groundwater pumping on the land. Ideas include: a new wildlife refuge island, trash mitigation concepts for stormwater, water quality monitoring installation, curriculum development for local schools. Connaughty will work with experts, institutions and agencies to advise and contribute.

Ann Klefstad, Next-Level Presentation Skills

For their Mid-Career Professional Development project, Ann Klefstad will develop her knowledge of digital presentation and production techniques for public art opportunities. She will purchase the software Sketchup Pro (for 3D modeling) and Scan2CAD (for production of CAD files from drawings) and spend 150 hours learning and practicing the software. She hopes this will make her far more competitive in the digital presentation and production arena.



Forecast has been offering emerging artist grants supported by Jerome Foundation since 1989. In addition to funding, Forecast is dedicated to providing professional development and learning opportunities designed to assist emerging artists as they experiment/ hone their practices, and cultivate careers in the field.



Oskar Ly + Christina Vang, The Paj Ntaub Gate

For their Emerging Artist Project, Oskar Ly and Christina Vang will create the Paj Ntaub Gate, a tapestry-like outdoor fence installation at the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) farm in Hastings, MN. The artists will spend time on the farm, much like an artist residency, to engage with the farmers about Hmong agriculture and Paj Ntaub (story cloth) art, both fading traditions, to inspire the installation design and use textile to emulate the Hmong Paj Ntaub aesthetics.

Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, IN THE CAMPS: A REFUGEE MUSICAL

For their Emerging Artist Project, Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay will follow the lives of Laotian families who have escaped communist Laos and are awaiting resettlement approvals in Saint Paul, MN to create a musical told from these survivors’ perspectives. The musical, “IN THE CAMPS: A REFUGEE MUSICAL,” will be told through traditional folktales and songs informed by 70s-80s Lao, Thai, and American pop and will explores trauma and healing, while simultaneously interrogating U.S. policy. Two staged readings of IN THE CAMPS will be presented to the public.



Ifrah Mansour, Ayayo’s Dream

For their Emerging Artist Research and Development Grant, Ifrah Mansour will create the piece Ayayo’s Dream. Ayayo’s Dream will bring the West Bank together to imagine an artful and environmentally conscious archway near a pedestrian and bike path near a clinic, mosque, and mall in the neighborhood. They will establish community relationships, learn how the community uses the space, and the community’s environmental awareness and recycling practices. Mansour will use this learning to plan for the creation of an art installation that activates the pedestrian path and bikeway.

Nancy Musinguzi, NORTHSIDE: An Oral History Publication and Installation

For their Emerging Artist Research and Development grant, Nancy Musinguzi will develop NORTHSIDE, a photo-documentary series featuring interviews and images of innovative Northside youth. Northside will follow three North Minneapolis youth and capture the essence of the community through their eyes. The final outcome will be a two-pronged public art presentation. The photo-documentary series will be published online, and a series of large-scale wheat-paste illustrations inspired by the youth’s stories will adorn public community spaces.

Lacey Prpic Hedtke, Minneapolis’ Lost Buildings

For their Emerging Artist Research and Development grant, Lacey Prpic Hedtke will research lost buildings of each Minneapolis neighborhood, and will research artists using cartography as an art form.

Emmett Ramstad, Public Memorial for Private Bathroom Incidents

For their Emerging Artist Research and Development grant, Emmett Ramstad will research and identify collaborators for a public memorial about the ongoing, complicated experience of discomfort, pleasure, and trauma that converge while using public bathrooms for queer, trans and gender non-conforming individuals.


Forecast mid-career and emerging grants are designed to support independent projects, leadership development, professional development, risk-taking, multidisciplinary approaches, and collaborative problem-solving in the field of public art.

An independent panel reviewed applicants and selected the 2018 Forecast grantees. The panelists who reviewed and selected the 2018 grantees were: Lisa Dent, Independent Curator, Writer and Arts Administrator based in New York, NY; Tia-Simone Gardner, artist and educator, based in Minneapolis, MN; Jay Salinas, artist, farmer, and co-founder of Wormfarm Institute, based in Reedsburg, WI; Moheb Soliman, artist, poet, and Program Director at Mizna, based in Minneapolis, MN; and Bobby Wilson, artist and member of Indigenous comedy troupe, the 1491s, based in Phoenix, AZ.

Beyond providing grant funding, Forecast supports Minnesota artists working in the public realm throughout their careers with opportunities that include convenings, artist talks, and workshops.


Forecast Mid-Career grants are made possible thanks to generous funding from The McKnight Foundation and Emerging grants are made possible thanks to generous funding from the Jerome Foundation.