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

June 25, 2015

The Blind Spot on the Urban Planning Map

Artist residency as part of RARE: Richfield Artist Resident Engagement

Artist Witt Siasoco discusses his artist residency as part of the RARE: Richfield Artist Resident Engagement project where he plans to experiment with skateboarding and visual art to reach youth. I’m sitting here in my temporary studio, the basement of a dilapidated strip mall, thinking about the project that I will undertake this summer with Forecast Public Art … Read More

Witt Siasoco | Consulting, Forecast

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

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

Forecast | Consulting, Forecast

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

Forecast | Consulting, Forecast