Forecast Public Art announces five finalists for its annual Mid-Career Project Grant: Roger Cummings, Sam Gould, Rock Martinez, Anna Metcalfe, and Willicey Tynes.

A $50,000 grant will be awarded to one of these Minnesota-based mid-career public artists in mid-December to produce a significant project developed independently by the artist at a site of their choosing anywhere in the state. Projects will begin in January 2017 and will be completed within approximately 18 months.

Finalists will each receive $1,000 to prepare proposals and present them to an independent panel of professionals with expertise in the field of public art, including one local, one regional, and one national panelist.

This is the sixth annual Mid-Career Project Grant. Previous grant awardees are: Randy Walker, Melisande Charles, Mankwe Ndosi, Seitu Jones, and Marcus Young. In addition to these $50,000 project grants, the McKnight Foundation enables Forecast to provide Professional Development Grants for mid-career artists. 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.

Forecast awards grants to both emerging and mid-career artists in Minnesota to support innovation and risk taking through artist-initiated projects, leadership development, and professional development in the field of public art. Applications for Forecast’s additional public art grants, supported by The McKnight Foundation and the Jerome Foundation, are due Oct. 18, 2016.

McKnight Project Grant Finalists

Roger Cummings, Northside Culture Archive
Northside Culture Archive will collect stories, objects, and imagery through multi-generational sharing of cultural production, imagination, and knowledge through audio visual, collage, interactive, and installation art. Youth from Minneapolis who work on the project are between the ages of 14 – 21 and many live in North Minneapolis. The vision of the Northside Culture Archive is to become an alternative/informal space for interdisciplinary learning, civic engagement, and intergenerational connections that offers the potential to transform individual lives, relationships, and our community.

Sam Gould, Publics and Publication
Inspired by an early conversation which took place at Beyond Repair with former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, Emory Douglas, Publics and Publication will gather histories known and not-known-well-enough from noted artists, activists, and thinkers who have activated ideas around publication (the act of public making) to energetic means. These conversations will serve as springboards to imagine and support the work of engaged and creative public making within our neighborhood by the people who have begun to gather around Beyond Repair, as well as those we have yet to meet.

Rock Martinez, Centennial Lakes Mural Project
The Centennial Lakes Mural Project is a proposal to create permanent artwork within the walls of the main bridge underpass in the park. The concept of the mural is a forest full of hidden characters and animals. Through eight connecting scenes, park visitors will be able to interact with the murals and create added interest to the area. These murals will be interactive in many forms: a child’s coloring book or placemats, photo opportunity backdrops, educational and public awareness for natural resources, deterrent of vandalism, and a staple in the community for a different visual effect every visit.

Anna Metcalfe, Upstream
As the state that holds the headwaters of the Mississippi River, Minnesota has a special relationship to the lower Mississippi River—our water is shared with everyone downstream. This project seeks to share our stories. Upstream will connect the people living along the Mississippi River together through a story exchange on porcelain cups conducted on a pilgrimage down the length of the river and through the daily ritual of tea drinking. The stories will then be installed in a permanent installation facilitated in part by the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and the Mississippi National Park.

Willicey Tynes, Inclusions
Inclusions will be a 12 foot concrete sculpture that incorporates tile replicas that celebrate the artistic findings of the community. With the Somali community in mind, through this project the artist will work with community members to establish their artistic presence while helping to remove stigmas and attempting to minimize or eliminate discriminatory feelings towards different cultural backgrounds. The permanent sculpture will be installed in a prominent location in the City of St. Cloud.