Consulting

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.

FEATURED PROJECT

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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 www.hennepin.us/hennepingallery.

SERVICES

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  • Feasibility Studies
  • Site Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Artist Selection
  • Individual Artist Coaching
  • Contracts and Copyright
  • Educational Lectures & Presentations
  • Guided Tours
  • Community Workshops
  • Design and Production
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Consulting Projects

November 21, 2016

Celebrating Somali Culture

A collaboration between Forecast, the Somali Museum and Hennepin County

Forecast has collaborated with the Multicultural Arts Committee, a program of Hennepin County for more than ten years, bridging the ideas, questions and issues of the committee and the county they represent to art and artists in the region. Click here for Somali translation. The year’s exhibition – “The Somali Museum of Minnesota: Treasures of … Read More

Public Art Review | Consulting, Forecast

November 16, 2016

From the Studio to the Streets

Artist Sarah Abiya reflects on Forecast career development workshops

In early September twenty newly-minted members of Forecast’s Making it Public workshop series convened in a conference room in St. Paul’s Lowertown Arts District. Passersby may have wondered what this hodge-podge group might have in common; visually, not much. We were diverse in terms of age and race and creed, and though we were all … Read More

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November 3, 2016

End of Summer Arts Jam

Richfield Artist Residency ends the year with a splash

On September 21 Shá Cage and E.G. Bailey hosted a beat-heavy, creation-inducing evening of local art, music, poetry and dance for the final event of their Richfield Artist Residency (RARE) funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board. This art-infused party in north central Richfield topped off Shá and E.G.’s RARE collaboration with Forecast Public Art … Read More

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October 10, 2016

It Takes a Village…Large-Scale Mosaic Making in Community

Greta McLain reflects on her artist residency in Richfield, Minnesota

Artist Greta McLain reflects on her artist residency as part of the RARE: Richfield Artist Resident Engagement initiative, a joint initiative of Forecast Public Art and the Cornerstone Group, a real estate development group. Working with The Cornerstone Group on a new development in Richfield, McLain spent the summer with community members designing and creating a large-scale mosaic installation for the … Read More

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October 10, 2016

RARE Artist Interview: Witt Siasoco

IFP Minnesota interviews public artist about his work with the Richfield Artist Resident Engagement initiative

The Richfield Artist Resident Engagement (RARE) initiative piloted in 2015 with established public art practitioners Witt Siasoco and Emily Johnson. The artists designed and delivered a range of artistic engagements to develop deeper relationships with people in the community, and to further the conversation about how arts can play a role in the every day lives of Richfield residents. … Read More

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