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. Supported by The McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation and Minnesota’s Regional Arts Councils, Forecast’s Artist Services also offers training, technical assistance, career advice, networking opportunities, documentation, insurance certificates and promotion. An online Toolkit, developed in 2011, provides a comprehensive overview of public art and orientation for artists and community leaders in the region. A growing catalog of documentaries tells the stories of past grantees who have taken advantage of Artist Services in a wide variety of ways.

Photo: Nancy Ann Coyne (left) during installation of her “Speaking of Home” project in downtown Minneapolis, 2008. Photo by FPA.

Grant Programs

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, Jerome Foundation and Minnesota’s Regional Arts Councils, we offer the following categories of grants:

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

  • Jerome Planning Grants – $2,500 Deadline January 31st, 2014 Click Here for application details and to apply
  • Jerome Project Grants – $8,000  Deadline January 31st, 2014 Click Here for application details an to apply

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

  • McKnight Professional Development Grants / 2 Grants -$5,000 Deadline January 31st, 2014 Click Here for application information and to apply
  • McKnight Project Grant / 1 Grant – $50,000 RFQ Deadline November 15th, 2013 Click Here for application information

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.

Upcoming Workshops + Convenings

McKnight Project Grant Info Sessions

2014 will be the third 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 November 15th RFQ deadline.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 from 5:30 – 6:30pm

Monday, October 28th, 2013 from  5:30 – 6:30pm

 

Grant Workshops

More than just a grant info session our workshops provide an overview of our various opportunities along with an overview 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 apply for a Forecast grant come for inspiration or just to get your questions answered.

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 from 6:30 – 8:00pm

Monday, October 28th, 2013 from 6:30 – 8:00pm

Saturday December 7th, 2013 from 1:00 – 2:30pm

 

Please email melinda@forecastpublicart.org to RSVP.

 

Grant Writing Study Halls

Spend happy hour with us! Study Halls are an opportunity for you to carve out space to work on your Forecast grant, have a beverage and some snacks, utilize Forecast staff for questions or to review your application and connect with other artists doing similar work.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013 from 5:00 – 7:00pm

Tuesday December 10th, 2013 from  5:00 – 7:00pm

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 from 5:00 – 7:00pm

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 14, 2014

Forecast Announces 2014 Grantees

Nine emerging and midcareer artists receive funding and professional development

Artist Mankwe Ndosi will receive Forecast Public Art’s largest 2014 grant, the $50,000 McKnight Project Grant, to create digital soundtracks unique to the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis that will be available digitally and physically at listening posts. Her soundtracks will include contributions from neighborhood residents, field recordings and her own vocal work. This McKnight Project … Read More

April 7, 2014

2013 Forecast Grantee Sara Hanson

Independent Filmmakers Project Minnesota captures the stories of Forecast Grantees

Filmmaker Nick Clausen captured the creation of Forecast Grantee Sara Hanson’s Bio Scenic Travel Machine  project and one of its many public installations the SupraCapsuleria machine.   Visit our Vimeo channel for more Forecast/IFP Minnesota collaborative productions. Special thanks to Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota for their support of this production. The Artist Services Program is … Read More

April 3, 2014

2013 Forecast Grantee Liz Miller

Independent Filmmakers Project Minnesota captures the stories of Forecast Grantees

Forecast Grantee Liz Miller is featured in a stunning video by Filmmaker Mark Wojahn showing the process and installation of Miller’s temporary project Hydro Anthem for Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Visit our Vimeo channel for more Forecast/IFP Minnesota collaborative productions. Special thanks to Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota for their support of this production. … Read More

November 18, 2013

A Visit to the Foraging Circle

Forecast Grantees meet with Fritz Haeg and Anna Bierbrauer

On Tuesday, August 12, Forecast grantees met with Fritz Haeg, artist in residence at the Walker Art Center and collaborating local landscape designer, Anna Bierbrauer, to explore and discuss “At Home in the City”, a series of works that explores edible landscapes and gardens, celebrating the ways we harvest and bring them into the home. … Read More

Public Art Review | Artist Grants

September 20, 2013

McKnight Project Grant Overview

Click Here to Download McKnight Project Grant Overview Grant Amount: $50,000 Application Deadline: RFQ Deadline November 15th, 2013 Grant-Funded Period: March-November 2014 Grant Info Sessions: Tuesday October 15th, 2013 from 5:30 – 6:30pm Monday October 28th, 2013 from 5:30 – 6:30pm. All info sessions are held at Forecast Public Art. Grant Intentions This grant supports the … Read More

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September 20, 2013

McKnight Professional Development Grant Overview

Funding for mid-career public artists.

Please review application overview then scroll down to find link to the application. Click Here to Download McKnight Professional Development Grant Overview Grant Amount: $5,000 Application Deadline: January 31st, 2014 Grant-Funded Period: March-November 2014 Grant Workshops: Thursday, October 24th, 2013 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Monday, October 28th, 2013 from  6:30-8:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7th, 2013 from  1:00-3:00 … Read More

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Prototype by Janet Groenert

September 20, 2013

Jerome Planning Grant Overview

Deadline: January 31st, 2014

Please review application overview then scroll down to find link to the application.   Click Here to Download Jerome Planning Grant Overview Grant Amount: $2,500 pending funding approval Application Deadline: January 31st, 2014 Grant-Funded Period: March-November 2014 Grant Workshops: Thursday, October 24th, 2013 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Monday, October 28th, 2013 from  6:30-8:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7th, … Read More

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September 20, 2013

Jerome Project Grant Overview

Deadline: January 31st, 2014

Please review application overview then scroll down to find link to the application.  Click Here to Download Jerome Project Grant Overview Grant Amount: $8,000 pending funding approval Application Deadline: January 31st, 2014 Grant-Funded Period: March-November 2014 Grant Workshops: Thursday, October 24th, 2013 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Monday, October 28th, 2013 from  6:30-8:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7th, … Read More

Public Art Review | Artist Grants, Forecast

July 18, 2013

Former grantee Marcus Young reflects on Wishes for the Sky

To celebrate Forecast’s 35th year we’re sharing insights from grant artists. This month we spoke with 2007 public project grantee Marcus Young. Here are a few words about his memories of Forecast and his recent work. Marcus: I received a Forecast grant in 2007 for the first iteration of Wishes for the Sky. Wishes for … Read More

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April 4, 2013

2013 Grantees Announced 1

Every year Forecast is amazed by the talented artists and innovative ideas that are proposed through our annual grant program. We want to thank all of our applicants for their hard work and creative concepts. We would also like to thank our independent selection panel for taking on the challenging task of selecting grantees. Congratulations … Read More

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