ABOUT

Forecast fosters dynamic, inclusive and resilient communities through public art, community-engaged design and transformative place-making. 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 journal.

OUR MISSION

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

OUR VISION

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.

OUR VALUES

  • 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.

OUR APPROACH

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 place-making. 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.

STAFF & BOARD

MEET THE TEAM

FINANCIAL REPORTS

2014 |2015 | 2016

VOLUNTEER & JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Interested in volunteering? Contact us.
We do not have any open positions at this time.

FUNDERS

Jerome Foundation
Knight Foundation
Lowertown Future Fund
The McKnight Foundation
Minnesota State Arts Board / Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment
National Endowment for the Arts
Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
RBC Foundation

DIRECTORS CIRCLE

Jack Becker and Nancy Reynolds
Cordelia and Jonathan Early
Wendy Lane and Judith Fairbrother
Kathy and James Farstad
Caroline Mehlhop
Laura and Philip Muessig
NewStudio Architecture
Stuart Nielsen
Susan and Bill Sands
Marilyn Shultz
Theresa Sweetland