Forecast Public Art | Creative Consulting

We bring artists and communities together to create dynamic, inclusive and resilient communities.

Forecast has advanced dozens of strategic, community-based projects and visions by connecting artists and communities, facilitating panel reviews, providing expert advice on materials and venues, securing permits, and performing other behind-the-scenes tasks that often become barriers to project completion.

Community-engaged practice

Our practice is deeply rooted in community engagement, achieved through a robust combination of open meetings, interviews, artist-led engagements, focus groups and surveys, and web-based methodologies. By continually and carefully listening, we ensure design and programmatic solutions that support client and community needs.

Forecast’s team challenges the prevailing versions of and visions for public art and placemaking activities, digging deep to discover what will enhance the public realm, provide meaningful spaces for public gathering and reflect the community’s identity, culture, and history. We ask simple, yet meaningful questions: What has transpired and is happening within this locality? What is the dream of this place? What assets can we build upon? What can be accomplished? Who is not (yet) at the table? What do we need to learn to make this vision happen?

Our clients

As a consultant, Forecast has extensive experience in all aspects of public art, community-engaged design and placemaking, from planning and program development through selection and installation of artworks. We regularly partner with cities and nonprofit organizations to incorporate artistic elements, such as murals, sculptures and creatively designed functional elements, into community projects. We often team with architects, landscape architects, urban planners and professionals in other fields to develop strategies, formulate calls for artists, contract with selected artists, oversee design/construction projects and prepare documentation.

Examples of our projects

  • George Kaiser Foundation, Tulsa, OK: Consultant on a 200-acre park
  • Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and American Planning Association: pilot of art and health toolkits in five southern MN cities
  • Large-scale public art plans for a cities and counties, including Duluth, Eagan, Grand Forks, and Rochester
  • Training for residents to create their own public art plans, such as our Train the Trainer program in New London
  • Public art for rural small towns, including murals, sculptures, mosaics, and temporary installations
  • Read more about our recent projects

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