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. Applicants will be notified of award decisions by early January 2015.

 

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 mid-summer each year.  Click Here for application information
  • McKnight Professional Development Grants / 2 Grants -$5,000  Annual fall 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 Annual fall deadline. Click Here for application details.
  • Jerome Project Grants – $8,000  Annual fall 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.

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

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

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September 25, 2014

Finalists for the McKnight Project Grant for Mid-Career Artists

Forecast Public Art announces five finalists for its annual McKnight Project Grant for Mid-Career Artists: Anna Metcalfe, Greta McLain, Karl Unnasch, Keith Christensen, and Seitu Jones. A $50,000 grant will be awarded to one of these Minnesota-based mid-career artists in mid-December to produce a significant project developed independently by the artist at a site of … Read More

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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