Forecast fosters dynamic, inclusive and resilient communities through public art, community-engaged design and transformative placemaking. For 40 years, we have improved the collective life of communities through a unique combination of responsive consulting services, rare one-to-one support for public artists, and abundant resources, including Public Art Review, the world’s leading public art magazine.


Forecast activates people, networks and proven practices to advance the transformational power of arts in public life.


Forecast strives to be a nationally trusted leader in fostering dynamic, inclusive and resilient communities through public art, community-engaged design and transformative place-making.


  • Artists must be at the table to envision, build and steward the invisible and physical world around us, and to foster wider engagement and participation.
  • Collaboration—across sectors, disciplines, and professions and with a diversity of invested community members—is an essential ingredient in successful process and projects.
  • Inclusion invites full expression of the people in a community and honors ideas, leadership and work already underway.
  • Innovation promotes a sustainable organization and helps disrupt patterns that impede social cohesion and equitable economic growth.
  • All people have the right to gather, share, celebrate, protest, and enjoy our shared public spaces.


Forecast Public Art was one of the country’s first nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing the field of public art. Today, we remain at the forefront of public art practices, connecting the energies and talents of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities to improve our collective lives. Public art plays a crucial role in shaping culturally vibrant and sustainable communities. Public art offers opportunities for community collaboration, for ideas to shape our environment and to influence change.

Our work is broad: We support public artists regionally, consult with communities nationally, and draw inspiration internationally. We believe in providing space and platforms for conversations and learning around public art and placemaking. We spend time getting to know the communities and artists with whom we work, listening to the state of the community and artist throughout a project.

As the definition of public art continues to expand, Forecast will remain future-oriented, thinking forward to what artists, communities, public spaces, and the civic realm might need next.




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ArtPlace America
Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund
Jerome Foundation
Knight Foundation
Lowertown Future Fund
The McKnight Foundation
Minnesota State Arts Board
National Endowment for the Arts
RBC Foundation
Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Walton Family Foundation


Stuart Ackerberg
Jack Becker and Nancy Reynolds
Lea Bittner-Eddy
Gary Christenson
Cordelia and Jonathan Early
Wendy Lane and Judith Fairbrother
Kathy and James Farstad
McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory, Inc.
Caroline Mehlhop
Laura and Philipp Muessig
NewStudio Architecture
Stuart Nielsen
Lorna and John Pain
Susan and Bill Sands
Marilyn Shultz
Theresa Sweetland