Welcome to the Toolkit
This toolkit will provide you with information and examples of all aspects of public art, from contemporary ideas and resources, to a step by step guide to the entire process of creating public art. While this toolkit is focused on Minnesota, the resources assembled may serve as a universal guided tour, tracing the steps of a public art work from the codification of the concept, through the planning, community engagement, construction and finally the preservation of the work. We will explore the breadth of existing works along with introductions to the players in the field of public art in Minnesota, who to confer with for planning, who can build it, and who can preserve the work. We will spotlight the non-traditional realms of public art, public performances, temporary works, guerrilla style installations and other grassroots forms of public art that engage the community in new ways. Let this toolkit serve as a dash of illumination down the winding path of public art from start to finish, from Ada to Zumbrota, and from your front door out into your community.
Toolkit Quick Guide
The Forecast Public Art Toolkit is divided into five main sections, each accessible from the tabs at the top of every page or the center navigation column:
Tools: General steps outlining the process of creating public art
What is Public Art?: An exploration of the ideas of public art
Glossary: A guide to the terms of public art
Gallery: Public art images, videos and case studies following public art projects from inception on.
Resources: A collection of information about regional resources, grants and public art programs.
Special resources are included for artists and communities served by Minnesota Regional Arts Councils. To find your Regional Arts Council click here.
Throughout the toolkit three distinct projects are highlighted as narrative examples of differing public art projects. Click the links below to find out more about each project.