Forecast Public Art | About

Forecast Public Art is a nonprofit arts organization that connects the energies and talents of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities.

What is public art?

Public art plays a crucial role in shaping our culturally vibrant and sustainable communities. Artists of all disciplines are treating public space as a venue for creative experimentation. Public art offers opportunities for community collaboration, for ideas to shape our environment, and to influence change. The definition is always expanding — performance art, interventions, land art, and wrapped buildings are just some examples — and artists are redefining public art every day.

Forecast Public Art was one of the country’s first nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing the field of public art, and today we remain at the forefront of public art innovation, advancing the field of public art locally and internationally. At Forecast, we:

  • Offer a wide range of expertise to communities seeking help with planning public art projects that express a community’s sense of place and pride.
  • Support artists with grants, professional development opportunities, and technical assistance as they grow and develop their careers.
  • Publish our award-winning magazine, Public Art Review — the world’s leading publication devoted to contemporary public art.
  • Bring public art concepts and processes into classrooms, inspiring and empowering youth by promoting creativity, critical thinking, and the principles of civic engagement.

Take a look at all the ways we have activated artists and communities in the last year.



Make a Gift to the Forecast Future Fund

This is a time of transformation for Forecast. With a NEW mission and vision, we have big plans to significantly impact the quality of public life in Minnesota and beyond.

Over the next few years, we will focus our energies and talents on fostering dynamic, inclusive and resilient communities through public art, community-engaged design and transformative placemaking.

Please support the future of Forecast with a tax-deductible gift today. With you, Forecast Public Art will continue to grow, evolve, and dream BIG.

Connect with Forecast

Stay connected to Forecast by signing up for our free newsletter Public Art Update, which includes recent Forecast projects, artist opportunities, and inside information on what’s happening in the field of public art.

Video produced by Line Break Media, including footage from Nick Clausen, Mark Wojahn, Mike Hazard, IFP Minnesota, and Pixel Farm.