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

October 20, 2015

Richfield Artist Resident Engagement (RARE) Update

Notes from artist Witt Siasoco about his RARE project

Last summer was the first time that I worked with the Cornerstone Group in Richfield. Cornerstone was familiar with some of the community art projects that I had created previously, so they asked me to make something for a 150 foot wall on the backside of Lakewinds Food Co-op. The project that I created placed … Read More

Witt Siasoco | Consulting, Forecast

August 19, 2015

The 8030 Project

Mara Pelecis' veterans suicide awareness project exhibit at Hennepin County Government Center

It’s estimated that every day 22 U.S. Veterans and soldiers die by suicide — more than 8,000 individuals each year. To provide a tangible depiction of this number, and to help illustrate what that number truly means, Mara Pelecis founded The 8030 Project, a participatory public art project intended to raise awareness of these tragic deaths. With … Read More

Forecast | Consulting

July 21, 2015

Duluth Public Art and Culture Plan

Take our survey and share your input about Duluth’s creative future!

The Duluth Public Arts Commission (DPAC) has hired Forecast Public Art and Creative Community Builders to facilitate the arts and culture planning process for the city, which includes conducting a survey looking at the quality of Duluth’s arts and cultural life. An arts and culture master plan will allow us to: Take stock of Duluth’s … Read More

Forecast | Consulting

July 1, 2015

“Making it Public” Public Art Conference

Forecast leads conference for Southwest Minnesota Arts Council

On June 24 and 25, 2015, Forecast led a Public Art Conference in Southwest Minnesota. For two days, artists, administrators, city officials, planners, organizers, and community members joined together at the Prairie’s Edge Casino and Resort outside Granite Falls for an immersive introduction to public art processes and projects. The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council connected with … Read More

Forecast | Consulting

June 16, 2015

Emily Johnson’s Richfield STARGAZING Project

Artist residency as part of RARE: Richfield Artist Resident Engagement

Artist Emily Johnson and her company Catalyst are using Richfield’s nature preserves as a setting for community meals, storytelling, and dance to engage elders and families as part of the RARE: Richfield Artist Resident Engagement project. Recently, Julia Bither, who works with Emily Johnson, collected ideas from Richfield residents about their desires for Richfield on quilt … Read More

Julia Bither | Consulting, Forecast