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 Opportunities

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

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

Public Art Grants for Mid-Career Artists
Available to Minnesota-based mid-career artists and funded by The McKnight Foundation.

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

Public Art Grants for Emerging Artists
Available to Minnesota-based emerging artists and funded through the Visual Arts category of the Jerome Foundation.

  • Emerging Artist Research & Development Grants – $2,500 October 6 deadline. Click here for application information.
  • Emerging Artist Project Grants – $8,000  October 6 deadline. Click here for application information.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for information about proposed work, Forecast’s grants, and our selection process.

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.

View the 2015 grant recipients.

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.

All current McKnight Project Grant Info Session dates have passed.


Public Art 101 Workshops

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.

  • Wednesday, September 166-7 pm
  • Monday, September 286-7 pm

RSVP for workshops by emailing


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. Study Halls will be held from 7-8 pm following our Public Art 101 Workshops on September 16 and 28.


Feedback Sessions
30-minute meetings are available with Forecast staff to review draft proposal materials, answer questions, and discuss the application process. Meetings are available on September 24September 28, and October 1. Sign up for a meeting at

All Workshops, Study Halls, and Feedback Meetings 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 News

September 16, 2015

Find Me Hide Me: Lowertown Bronze Pour

Making It Public grant recipients Jess Bergman Tank and Klara Wagnild kick off collaborative project

This September, many tiny histories are being hidden throughout Lowertown, St. Paul — the histories of Lowertown, crafted into small metal mementos, secreted into mysterious spaces and covert places all across the historic district. And if you attended this summer’s Music in Mears Concert Series on August 27, 2015, you just might have had a hand in creating those … Read More

Forecast | Artist Grants

September 4, 2015

Art in the Dark 3

Making It Public grant recipient Heather M. Cole writes about her project

Heather M. Cole is a 2015 Making It Public grant recipient.  I am sure I am like many artists; I work on my pieces alone and in my room…my studio, which happens to be fairly close to my sofa. I contend that most artists create because they are compelled to create the work. The how … Read More

Forecast | Artist Grants

September 1, 2015

Finalists for the 2016 McKnight Project Grant for Mid-Career Public Artists

Forecast Public Art announces five finalists for its annual McKnight Project Grant for Mid-Career Public Artists: Works Progress Studio, Keith Christensen, Christopher Williams, Marcus Young, and Amanda Lovelee. 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 … Read More

Forecast | Artist Grants

July 29, 2015

Collaborations Across Disciplines and Yards

An update about Witt Siasoco's project THIS HOME IS NOT FOR SALE

Artist Witt Siasoco received a Jerome Project Grant in 2015 for THIS HOME IS NOT FOR SALE. Molly Van Avery, a collaborator and project manager, writes about the project. Witt Siasoco rides up to the fifth of eight front yard openings with his drill and latest creation in the back seat of his car. All the setting up … Read More

Molly Van Avery | Artist Grants

July 17, 2015

2015 Making It Public Grant Recipients

Forecast announces recipients of its Making It Public grants.

Forecast Public Art is excited to award its 2015 Making It Public grants to Mayumi Amada, Carolina Borja, Heather M. Cole, and Jess Bergman Tank and Klara Wagnild. Making It Public grants, designated for new temporary public art projects, are awarded at the culmination of a five-part series of workshops for artists new to the … Read More

Forecast | Artist Grants, Forecast

July 14, 2015

2014 Grantee Mankwe Ndosi

Independent Filmmaker Project MN captures the stories of Forecast grantees

2014 McKnight Project grantee Mankwe Ndosi developed partnerships, events, and residencies in Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood for her project Soundtrack of Phillips. Through these multiple forms of engagement, she explored the connections, questions, and pride that can develop when community members go beyond the visual to engage with each other and their neighborhood by opening their … Read More

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

Public Art Review | Artist Grants, Forecast

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