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, Jerome Foundation and Minnesota’s Regional Arts Councils.

LEFT: Nancy Ann Coyne 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 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 August 15th, 2014 Click Here for application information
  • McKnight Professional Development Grants / 2 Grants -$5,000 Deadline October 15th, 2014 Click Here for application information

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

  • Jerome Planning Grants – $2,500 Deadline October 15th, 2014 Click Here for application details.
  • Jerome Project Grants – $8,000  Deadline October 15th, 2014 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.

Upcoming Workshops + Info Sessions

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 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.

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

September 9, 2014

Artist Grants for Public Art

Deadline: October 15, 2014

Forecast has three grant opportunities with an October 15 deadline for Minnesota-based artists seeking to create public art or expand their careers in the field! 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 … Read More

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August 26, 2014

Forecast Artist Services – Celebrating 25 years in 2014

2011 Forecast Grantee Amanda Lovelee

With funding from the Jerome Foundation, 2011 Forecast Project Grantee Amanda Lovelee gave strangers the opportunity to connect, foster community, hold hands, and dance. Through the shared activity of square dancing, the Call and Answer Project worked to develop “a space for physical connection and an awareness of the need for such connection.” Lovelee is currently an … Read More

June 12, 2014

2013 Grantee Dane Winkler

Independent Filmmakers Project Minnesota captures the stories of Forecast Grantees

Forecast grantee Dane Winkler experiments with digital film projections, motors, and sound oscillators for his public art installations in this short piece by Filmmaker Lucas Langworthy. 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 made possible … Read More

April 14, 2014

Forecast Announces 2014 Grantees 1

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

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September 20, 2013

McKnight Project Grant Overview

Grant Amount: $50,000 Application Deadline: RFQ Deadline August 15th, 2014 Grant-Funded Period: January 2015 – May 2016 Grant Intentions This grant supports the creation of a publicly accessible temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a Minnesota-based mid-career public artist. Projects may be in any form or discipline, including performance, dance, storytelling, … Read More

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September 20, 2013

McKnight Professional Development Grant Overview

Funding for mid-career public artists.

Please review application overview a link to apply will be added once applications open.  Grant Amount: $5,000 pending funding approval Application Deadline: October 15th, 2014 Grant-Funded Period: January-November 2015 Grant Overview Funding for mid-career Minnesota based, public artists to assist with the development of a project idea or to participate in activities that will help them … Read More

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Prototype by Janet Groenert

September 20, 2013

Jerome Planning Grant Overview

Deadline: October 15th, 2014

Please review application overview. A link to apply will be added once applications open.    Grant Amount: $2,500 pending funding approval Application Deadline: October 15th, 2014 Grant-Funded Period: January-November 2015 Grant Overview This grant supports emerging public artists in the development phase of a freely accessible public art installation/activity in Minnesota. This includes research, planning, community dialogues, … Read More

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