Forecast’s consulting program, established in 1996, has markedly increased the presence of public art in Minnesota and beyond.

By creating collaborations between 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, Forecast has been instrumental in ushering dozens of projects into the public realm.

As a consultant, Forecast has extensive experience in all aspects of the public art process, from planning and program development through selection and installation of artworks. We  regularly partner with community organizations and other nonprofits to incorporate artistic elements, such as murals, sculptures and creatively designed functional elements into the infrastructure of community improvements. 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.

In addition to a regional and national database of artists in all disciplines, and strong connections with public art professionals throughout the country, Forecast’s resources include thousands of books, DVDs, slides, and CDs that are made available to clients as needed.

Photo of Minneapolis’s Greenway Trail plan courtesy Close Landscape Architecture.



In Public Art Review issue 48, The Art of Healing, Forecast shared stories about art that heals. Whether it’s a creative chance to focus away from pain or to communicate suffering that has no words, art offers healing to both artists and audiences. And the Twin Cities in Minnesota – with a reputation for both quality health care and innovative arts – have more art-as-healing programs than anywhere in the country.

Through this year’s consulting project for Hennepin County’s Multicultural Arts Committee, Forecast produced Creative Care: Art + Healing in the Twin Cities, a first-of-its-kind exhibition. A broad spectrum of organizations are featured in the exhibit, reflecting many artistic disciplines and approaches to healing: the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Healing Arts Therapies; Children’s Hospitals and Clinics; the Emily Program, Hennepin County Medical Center’s Inspire Arts Program; Illusion Theatre; MacPhail Center for Music; Penny George Institute for Health and Healing with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz; Boynton Health Services; Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s Adult Day Health Services. In conjunction with the exhibit, Forecast is publishing an Art and Healing Directory and producing a variety of events.

Join us from 11am to 2pm in downtown Minneapolis on November 6 for the Opening Celebration! Special noon-hour performances by Hopewell Community Choir, Illusion Theatre, and the Wilder Band at the Government Center, Public Service Level. Creative Care runs from November 4, 2013, through January 29, 2014, in the Hennepin Gallery, on the lower level of the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis. Find details after Nov. 1 at


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Consulting Projects

April 7, 2014

The Sunflower Revolution

Public art at the EcoArts Festival May 17, 2014

Each spring, Forecast is hired as a consultant to ArtStart to bring public art to their EcoArts Festival on Harriet Island. Artists are invited to respond to an open call and are selected by a community panel.  The event is scheduled for May 17 from 10am-3pm bringing youth and families from around the region to the … Read More

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HeARTS Beginning

November 7, 2013

Courageous HeARTS

Over the summer of 2013, thanks to a grant from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) in partnership with the Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association (SENA), Forecast Public Art was invited to collaborate with the Youth Advisory Board at courageous heARTS . What started as a simple consulting project for us ended in a really fun … Read More

Forecast Public Art | Case Studies, Consulting

August 19, 2013

Wormfarm Institute

Strategic Planning (2012)

Reedsburg, Wisc. – In 2011 Forecast’s consulting team helped the Wormfarm Institute with strategic planning and program development, including their highly successful artist residency and annual Fermentation Fest – coming up this October 4-13. Dedicated to integrating culture and agriculture, the Wormfarm Institute is an evolving laboratory of the arts and ecology and fertile ground for creative work. Situated in rural … Read More

Forecast Public Art | Consulting, Forecast

August 8, 2013

Institute for Public Art 1

Partnership (2011 - Ongoing)

Public art is a marvelous, expanding field of inquiry reflecting a broad spectrum of activities and experimentation. During Forecast’s past 35 years working in this field, we’ve seen an explosive growth internationally, including artists of all disciplines, collaborating with other sectors, such as urban planners, architects, engineers, park designers, and community developers. As publisher of … Read More

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June 24, 2013

Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and Regional Trail

Art Consulting (2012 - Ongoing)

St. Paul, Minn. - Starting in 2012, Forecast Public Art served as the public art consultant on a team led by HR Green, Inc. for the City of St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department. Forecast studied the 40-acre brownfield site—a former rail yard near the intersection of Maryland Avenue and Hwy 35E. Forecast analyzed locations, collected … Read More

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