Forecast is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1978 by and for artists working in public space. Based in Saint Paul, MN and working both locally and nationally, Forecast connects artists with cities, institutions and communities to courageously tackle the vital issues of our time. We partner with decision-makers and stakeholders on arts and cultural planning efforts, and support public artists with funding, training and opportunities to create partnerships and advance their public art careers. We also help others find, select, curate, fund and commission public artists.

Forecast emphasizes access for artists of color, indigenous artists, and groups that are traditionally excluded.


Forecast activates, inspires, and advocates for public art that advances justice, health, and human dignity.


Forecast envisions a future where all people feel a sense of belonging, realize their potential and live healthy lives by embracing culture and creativity as drivers of equitable change.


  • We believe in just distribution of wealth, opportunity, and privilege.
  • We believe in aligning with others fighting for equity, justice, and human dignity.
  • We believe in environmentally and culturally sustainable policies and practices.
  • We believe in relationships of mutual investment between communities, sectors, disciplines, and professions.
  • We believe in inclusive practices that invite and honor the full expression of people and place.
  • We believe that creating an equitable future requires bold imagination.


Forecast firmly believes that culture and creativity are important drivers of creating a more just society. As one of the country’s first nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing the field of public art, we are called to advocate for and advance public art practices that advance justice, health and human dignity. We are invested in public art that plays a crucial role in creating a sense of belonging, and supporting people to realize their potential and live healthy lives.

Our work takes shape through five programmatic areas: sharing important stories, developing and providing resources, facilitating learning, advising and consultation, and researching and developing new methods of practice. Through our Forecast Forward series, we curate and create thought-provoking content through our magazine, website, local and national convenings, and public events. Forecast’s Creative Studio expands access to tools, resources, opportunities, and funding for artists to work in public, create partnerships, and advance their public art careers. In our Planning & Engagement work we help decision-makers and stakeholders, in communities across the country, create accessible, just and relevant place-based efforts, including public art. Through our Learning Institute we offer workshops, training, fellowships, and other in-person and online learning opportunities. Our Change Lab works with communities to pilot new ways of working within the field of public art and allied fields to advance justice.




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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
Bruce Chamberlain (FASLA, Principal and Midwest Planning & Design Studio Lead with Stantec)
Gary Christenson
John and Nancy Dee Foundation
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

To request accessibility accommodations for any of our programming or events, please email us at info@forecastpublicart.org.