Artist Services

Forecast Public Art’s Artist Services team supports artists interested in working in the public realm, including funding opportunities, educational resources, convenings, and individual artist consultations.

Artists are at the core of our work. Forecast Public Art financially supports creative work in communities throughout Minnesota, supporting risk-taking, interdisciplinary approaches and collaborative problem-solving. Our Artist Services program is supported by The McKnight Foundation and Jerome Foundation.

LEFT: Forecast Grantees meet with artist Fritz Haeg at his installation, Domestic Integrities Ao5, at the Walker Art Center. 

Grant Programs

Forecast’s grants to emerging and mid-career artists in Minnesota support risk-taking, interdisciplinary approaches and collaborative problem-solving.


All application deadlines for our 2015 grant cycle have passed. Mark your calendars with 2016 grant cycle dates below.

View the grant recipient announcement.


With ongoing support from The McKnight Foundation and the  Jerome Foundation  we offer the following categories of grants:

McKnight Public Art Grants for Mid-Career Artists
Available to Minnesota-based mid-career artists.

  • McKnight Project Grant / 1 Grant – $50,000 RFQ Deadline is July 9, 2015.  Click Here for application information
  • McKnight Professional Development Grants / 2 Grants -$5,000  October 6 deadline.  Click Here for application information

Jerome Public Art Grants for Emerging Artists
Available to Minnesota-based emerging visual artists.

  • Jerome Planning Grants – $2,500 October 6 deadline. Click Here for application details.
  • Jerome Project Grants – $8,000  October 6 deadline.  Click Here for application details

Our grants offer financial awards along with a professional development component, enabling motivated artists to take advantage of quarterly grantee meetings, workshops, individual consultations, networking events, and opportunities to connect with professional public artists. Our grants are selected by a rotating community panel of public art artists and professionals.

Info Sessions + Grant Writing Support

McKnight Project Grant Info Session

2015 will be the fourth year of this new opportunity for mid career public artists. Join us to hear about the first two projects and to learn about the application process prior to our  August 15th RFQ deadline.

Upcoming Info Session: Wednesday, July 30, 7-9 p.m.


Grant Writing Support

More than just a grant info session our workshops provide an overview of our various opportunities along with highlights of current public art projects, opportunities for brainstorming, tools and resources for grantwriting, and a quick rundown of our application process. If you are interested in applying for a Forecast grant, come for inspiration or just to get your questions answered.

Upcoming Workshop: Monday, September 22, 6-8 p.m.


Grant Writing Study Halls

Study Halls are an opportunity for you to carve out space to work on your Forecast grant, utilize Forecast staff for questions or to review your application and connect with other artists doing similar work. Stop by at 6 p.m. for an overview of Forecast’s grant opportunities as well as a few grant writing tips!

Upcoming Study Halls:

  • Monday, October 6, 6-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 8, 6-8 p.m.


All Workshops, Info Sessions, and Study Halls take place at our hub in the Creative Enterprise Zone, located at 2300 Myrtle Avenue, Suite 160, St. Paul.

Individual Artist Services

Supporting individual artists is core to our mission. We offer an experienced staff to consult with public artists on a sliding fee basis. Artists come to Forecast seeking help with career planning, input on project proposals, project management and logistical questions that arise during the process of creating public work.

Grant Opportunities + News

April 23, 2015

Grantee Film Screening

Forecast Grantee Projects featured at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival

Forecast is now starting our 3rd year collaborating with Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota. Through this partnership, Forecast grantees are paired with independent filmmakers who bring grantee processes and projects to life for expanded audiences on screen and online. Join us this weekend to mingle with Forecast friends, support our grantees, and view short documentaries featuring 2014 and 2013 grantee projects! Shorts: Forecast … Read More

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March 26, 2015

2014 Grantee Jessica Hirsch

Independent Filmmaker Project MN captures the stories of Forecast grantees

Jessica Hirsch used her emerging artist Project Grant to build a dodecahedron–a 12-sided structure–to serve as a functional and meditation space for the Black Dog Hill Shelter. As construction progressed, residents grew more involved in the project, with kids working daily alongside the artist both developing their own skills and helping to create a new community … Read More

March 24, 2015

2014 Grantee Ady Olson

Independent Filmmaker Project MN captures the stories of Forecast grantees

Inspired by the idea that the world is more complex than one might often believe, Planning Grant recipient Ady Olson sought to develop a project idea connecting art and science. From the starting point of plant intelligence, her research led to polygraphs, prototypes, and conversations.     Visit our Vimeo channel for more Forecast/Independent Filmmaker Project MN collaborative … Read More

March 6, 2015

2014 Grantee Andrea Steudel

Independent Filmmaker Project MN captures the stories of Forecast grantees

Professional Development grantee Andrea Steudel used her Forecast grant to research ways to use existing city lighting infrastructure for public art. Exploring alleyways in St. Paul’s Lowertown, she mapped possible locations, developed ideas, and tested rudimentary prototypes. Visit our Vimeo channel for more Forecast/Independent Filmmaker Project MN collaborative productions. Special thanks to Independent Filmmaker Project MN for their support … Read More

March 3, 2015

2014 Grantee: Crescent Collective

Independent Filmmaker Project MN captures the stories of Forecast grantees

Artemis Ettsen, Laura Bigger, and Teréz Iacovino, the trio that make up Crescent Collective, used their Planning Grant to research and test different hydroponic methods. Using recycled materials, they prototyped sculptures that grow food indoors. It’s public art you can eat! As cities continue to expand, their questions offer inspiration for integrating plants into the urban landscape. How … Read More

January 8, 2015

2015 Grant Recipients 2

Forecast announces recipients of its McKnight Grants for Mid-Career Artists and Jerome Grants for Emerging Artists

Forecast Public Art is excited to award its $50,000 McKnight Project Grant for Mid-Career Artists to artist Seitu Jones. Tamsie Ringler and Christopher Lutter-Gardella received $5000 McKnight Professional Development Grants. Six artists received Jerome Public Art Grants for Emerging Artists. Olivia Levins Holden and Witt Siasoco were awarded $8000 Jerome Project Grants. Benjamin Moren, D.A. Bullock, … Read More

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January 8, 2015

We Bring the Building

Forecast grantees expand the territory of the Traveling Museum in 2014.

New London, MN –  Each year, a select group of artists are selected by a community panel to receive Forecast grant funding. Forecast’s grants to emerging and mid-career artists in Minnesota support risk-taking, interdisciplinary approaches and collaborative problem-solving. Andrew Nordin and Lisa Bergh are the designers and architects of the Traveling Museum, a mobile lab/exhibition venue for contemporary … Read More

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December 11, 2014

Making-of: “Arrivals & Departures at Saint Paul’s Union Depot”

Forecast grantee Todd Boss takes a project from vision to completion

In 2014, Motionpoems and public artist Todd Boss challenged Minnesota poets and filmmakers to celebrate the newly-renovated Union Depot in Saint Paul. The result was “Arrivals and Departures at Saint Paul’s Union Depot,” a colossal spectacle that projected short films based on poems written on the theme of “arrivals and departures.” Todd Boss received a … Read More

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November 23, 2014

Building for the Future

A Forecast learning session for grantees

A core goal of Forecast’s artist grant program is to provide grantees with more than funding alone. Each year, we offer a variety of professional development opportunities from networking events to learning sessions designed to support the continued growth of our grantees and grant program. On October 28, we hosted a two-part learning session for … Read More

October 10, 2014

Don’t miss your chance to apply!

Forecast Public Art Grant Deadline: October 15, 2014

October 15, 2014 is the deadline to apply for Forecast’s grants for Minnesota-based emerging and mid-career artists. This year, we are offering the following opportunities: McKnight Professional Development Grants: $5,000 for mid-career artists to assist with the development of a public art project idea or to participate in activities that will help them further their careers as … Read More

Public Art Review | Artist Grants, Forecast