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

May 6, 2015

New London: Training the Trainer

Forecast created a hands-on workshop series to train community members to lead a new public art program

In July 2014, the City of New London was the recipient of an ArtPlace America grant to create community-engaged arts projects in and around the Middle Fork of the Crow River as it sidles up to Main Street—what is now called the Riverspace Project. The Riverspace Project focuses on engaging the community, connecting to business … Read More

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January 15, 2015

Gordon Parks Memorial Event at Landmark Center

Help us grow the movement to create a Gordon Parks Memorial in Downtown St. Paul

Join the Honorable Mayor Chris Coleman, Gordon Parks family members, Forecast Public Art and SoulTouch Productions for a community gathering to celebrate the legacy of Gordon Parks, tell the story of the memorial planning process to date, and gather your input. Forecast Public Art and SoulTouch Productions, in cooperation with In the Footsteps of Gordon Parks—a Parks … Read More

December 9, 2014

Teen photography exhibit featured at Hennepin Gallery

“Through My Lens” gave teens who have experienced poverty, abuse, homelessness or mental illness an opportunity to share their perspectives on community with a public audience through the medium of photography. Using Wing Young Huie’s signature chalkboard interview method, both photographers and the subjects they photographed expressed themselves creatively. The final photographs are on display … Read More

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September 18, 2014

“The Spirit of Sport”

Marshall Mural Project concludes with a mural reflecting the community's love of sport

In 2010 the Marshall Mural Project began a journey down the center of Marshall, MN. A committee of local businesses, visual artists, musicians, historians, community organizations and leaders, including the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council and the City of Marshall developed a vision that would provide access to arts experiences to all members of the community, increase … Read More

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September 11, 2014

New Excelsior Library Opens with Public Art

Forecast works with Hennepin County Library and artist Greg Preslicka to plan mural for new building

Forecast recently worked with Hennepin County Library to plan public art for the new Excelsior Library. The new library features a refreshed collection, community gathering spaces and new mural, “Gathering Together,” by artist Greg Preslicka. Join the community for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Excelsior Library on Sept. 13 at 9 am. Learn more about Forecast’s consulting program.

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