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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  • Project Management
  • Artist Selection
  • Individual Artist Coaching
  • Contracts and Copyright
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  • Community Workshops
  • Design and Production
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Consulting Projects

Actor Ronald Collier played a young Gordon Parks at Rondo Days. Photo by De'Andre Avaloz.

July 28, 2014

Gordon Parks Memorial Planning

Rondo Days Attendees Contribute Ideas for a St. Paul Gordon Parks Memorial

On July 19, Forecast and SoulTouch Productions attended Rondo Days in St. Paul to raise awareness about and gather public feedback for the Gordon Parks Memorial we’re planning for downtown St. Paul. Gordon Parks’ great-niece and CEO of SoulTouch Productions Robin Hickman and several other Parks family members spent the day with us talking to … Read More

Forecast | Consulting, Forecast

June 27, 2014

Healing Spaces

Public Art Opportunities - Request for Qualifications

Forecast Public Art is assisting Planned Parenthood Minnesota North Dakota South Dakota (PPMNS) to commission three creative and compelling public art demonstration projects for their newly completed headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota. With support from the Kresge Foundation, Planned Parenthood seeks to expand its vision of ‘whole’ health care. Healing Spaces will explore new methods … Read More

Forecast Public Art | Consulting

June 19, 2014

Creative Enterprise Zone Celebrates Launch of the Green Line LRT

After months of planning with dozens of artists and creative business leaders in Forecast’s neighborhood—the Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ)—the large parking lot across the street from our offices was transformed on June 14 into a one-day pop-up cultural park to celebrate the launch of the new Green Line light rail line connecting Minneapolis and St. … Read More

Jack Becker | Consulting, Forecast

May 13, 2014

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Join the Movement

Gordon Parks (1912-2006*), legendary artist and humanitarian, spent his formative years in the Twin Cities; his influence stretches around the world. Forecast Public Art and SoulTouch Productions, in cooperation with In the Footsteps of Gordon Parks—a Parks legacy initiative that supports positive youth transformation—are developing a plan that will lead to the creation of a Gordon Parks Memorial in downtown … Read More

Forecast Public Art | Consulting, Events, Forecast

April 21, 2014

Planning a Memorial to Gordon Parks

Join the movement celebrating the life and legacy of Gordon Parks

Help plan the memorial, enjoy light refreshments and take a docent-led tour of the current Parks-themed exhibition, A Choice of Weapons: A Living Legacy, on display in the museum’s Mill Commons through June 8, 2014. The exhibition includes photos by Gordon Parks and youth artists from Juxtaposition Arts from a workshop with Brooklyn-based photographer, Jamel Shabazz. Mill City Museum – Mill … Read More

Forecast Public Art | Consulting