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

  • Master Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Site Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Artist Selection
  • Individual Artist Coaching
  • Contracts and Copyright
  • Educational Lectures & Presentations
  • Guided Tours
  • Community Workshops
  • Design and Production
  • Maps and Brochures
  • Resources and Toolkits

Consulting Projects

November 15, 2017

Fargo Civic Art and Placemaking Plan

Development of Public Art Possibilities

Forecast Public Art is excited to have facilitated the Fargo Public Art Master Plan! In the fall of 2016, Forecast was hired by The City of Fargo to create a civic art and placemaking plan, a comprehensive scheme to guide creative city building and foster public arts development in the city. Public Art Possibilities was the … Read More

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October 19, 2017

Jack Becker takes his public art and placemaking expertise to Peru

Forecast founder and Director of Consulting and Creative Services invited to assist with public art planning in Lima, Peru

Jack Becker, Forecast founder and Director of Consulting and Creative Services, was invited to visit Lima, Peru by the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). Their interdisciplinary research group, EMPLAZAR (Space + Art + Public) is composed of art historians, architects, curators and philosophers, and is “dedicated to addressing the conditions of living in Lima through artistic dynamics in … Read More

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August 16, 2017

HOTTEA Installs “Hot Lunch” at Mall of America

Forecast worked with HOTTEA and Mall of America to facilitate his largest yarn installation to date.

Internationally recognized installation artist Eric Rieger, also known as HOTTEA, completed his largest and most challenging yarn installation to date at Mall of America. Forecast was thrilled to work with HOTTEA and Mall of America to facilitate the piece, titled “Hot Lunch.”   “Hot Lunch” is comprised of 13,000 strands of yarn 60 feet in … Read More

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August 3, 2017

Call for Artists and Designers – DEADLINE EXTENDED!

In MN’s Arrowhead Region

Forecast Public Art is pleased to be partnering with St. Louis County Minnesota to incorporate public art into their planned Government Services Center in the lovely city of Virginia. We’re excited to announce that five different opportunities are now available to artists and designers residing in the Arrowhead Region. The opportunities include: Design for a … Read More

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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

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