OUR STAFF

Theresa Sweetland

Theresa Sweetland

Executive Director; Publisher
Public Art Review

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Theresa Sweetland is an experienced executive director, fundraiser, curator, and leader in the field of community cultural development and creative placemaking. Theresa served as Executive/Artistic Director of Intermedia Arts, Minnesota’s premier multidisciplinary, multicultural arts organization, where her leadership successfully revived this renowned arts organization from near death in 2009 to stability and national prominence. Most recently, she served as Director of Development and External Relations at the Minnesota Museum of American Art where her efforts focused on raising visibility and resources to support the rebirth of the St. Paul institution.

Her passion and know-how have continually brought together diverse sectors of the community, artists and planners, elders and teens, prisoners and poets, to build collaborations and partnerships that expand and enrich lives and build community. Theresa holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from The University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a concentration on community and economic development. Theresa is a Co-Founding Artistic Director of B-Girl Be, the world’s first international women in hip hop summit and founding director of Creative CityMaking, a pioneering partnership between artists and city staff to advance racial equity goals and engage underrepresented communities in determining the future of Minneapolis. Theresa was recognized for bold new steps and strategic leadership with the Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Initiative in 2015.

Jack Becker

Jack Becker

Director of Consulting + Creative Services

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Jack founded Forecast in 1978, and now serves as director of Forecast’s Consulting and Creative Services program. As a public artist, administrator, and veteran consultant, Jack specializes in developing projects and plans for communities large and small. He especially enjoys projects that connect the ideas and energies of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities. He has organized dozens of exhibitions, publications, and creative events.

Jack received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, studying under such artists as Siah Armajani, Kinji Akagawa and Andrew Leicester. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he also studied there at Washington University and Webster University, as well as the Croydon College of Art and Design in Great Britain. Widely acknowledged as a leader in the field, Jack is the founding publisher of Public Art Review. In 2007, he received the Public Art Network Award of Excellence from Americans for the Arts, and in 2014, he received a lifetime achievement award from the College Art Association, through their Public Art Dialogue program.

Jen Krava

Jen Krava

Creative Services Manager

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Jen Krava, a member of our Community Services team, holds a MDes, Art, Design and the Public Domain degree from Harvard GSD, where she graduated with commendation and received the Unsung Hero Award.

She also holds a master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota, was a Somerville Arts Council Fellowship Grantee, past Curator of the GSD Kirkland Gallery, and was a research fellow during Yale Summer Session June 2011 studio art workshop in Auvillar, France.

As Creative Services Manager, she facilitates RFQ and artist selection processes, writes public art master plans, and manages the artist grant program.
Her interests lie in studying the body as a site, performative garments, analog technologies and women’s social issues. She enjoys photography, music, travel, sewing, and supporting local businesses.
Sarah McClure

Sarah McClure

Development + Communications Manager

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Sarah McClure has served on the staff of a variety of organizations nationally and internationally, including the American Museum of Natural History, InterExchange, and most recently the Minnesota Museum of American Art where she supported fundraising initiatives. Her work in nonprofit fundraising and communications is fostered by a background in corporate philanthropy gained while working as a member of the corporate social responsibility team at Aveda Corporation.

Sarah recently moved to Minnesota from New York City where she received a B.A. in cultural anthropology and a Master’s degree in museum studies from New York University. During her graduate studies, Sarah focused on how museums consult with and engage the communities they represent. She is passionate about the role of the arts in enriching communities and facilitating dialogue.

Sarah draws great meaning from connecting people to an impactful organization mission and is energized by sharing the important work being done by Forecast Public Art.

Chitra Vairavan

Chitra Vairavan

Consulting + Creative Services Coordinator

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Chitra is excited to support Forecast’s Consulting & Creative Services team! She holds a master’s degree in International Leadership Development from the University of St. Thomas and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Journalism School. Her fifteen year journey as a contemporary Indian dancer began as a founding member of Ananya Dance Theatre and a dance collaborator with Aniccha Arts.

In terms of her artistic work, Vairavan has been recognized as a 2016 McKnight Artist Fellow2018 Naked Stages Fellow, and was named “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2017.

Shauna Dee

Shauna Dee

Finance + Administration Manager

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Shauna is responsible for financial, data, and administrative processes and management including all bookkeeping activities, preparing financial reports, and day-to-day information management. She also provides subscription services for Public Art Review, manages volunteers, and runs Forecast’s comprehensive public art library.

She has been involved with Forecast in various capacities since 2011 when she decided to fulfill her graduate residency here. Her roles have included production assistant for Public Art Review, researcher for the first annual International Award for Public Art, and Information + Communications Coordinator. Other arts and culture organizations where she has worked include the Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and One Voice Mixed Chorus. Shauna received a Master of Arts in Arts and Cultural Management from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2012, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, where she graduated from the Program of Liberal Studies in 2006.

Karen Olson

Karen Olson

Editor in Chief
Public Art Review

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Karen oversees editorial content for Public Art Review in print and online.

Karen is a magazine editor and writer who was excited to discover the world of public art, which brings together her passions for art, environment, people and placemaking. The former editor-in-chief of Utne Reader, and managing editor of FenderBender and Colorado Review, Karen’s feature articles, interviews, essays, and short stories have appeared in numerous publications. She has taught writing at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, St. Catherine University, and Northern Arizona University. In addition to holding a BA in art history and English from the University of Minnesota, an MA in creative writing from Northern Arizona University, and an MFA in fiction from Colorado State University, Karen has also completed programs in holistic health education and whole systems design. She serves on the board of Rain Taxi. If you have story ideas please send them to submissions@forecastpublicart.org.

Jen Dolen

Jen Dolen

Editorial + Communications Assistant
Public Art Review

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As an editorial assistant for PAR, Jen sources and organizes images for the magazine, with which she has been involved since issue 49. As the communications assistant, she strategizes outreach with the communications manager.

Jen earned a BFA in photography and psychology from UW-River Falls, as well as an interdisciplinary master’s degree with an emphasis in arts management & museum studies from the U of MN, where she focused on image rights. She also holds an MLIS from St. Catherine University, with attention to special libraries and visual resources. Jen has been involved with several vibrant Twin Cities arts organizations—Walker Art Center, Altered Esthetics, the Weisman Art Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art—in a variety of capacities. She cares about issues faced by museums, libraries, non-profits and related spaces, as well as the challenge of fostering and sharing creative work, challenges in digital asset management, and the power of images & information.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

LEA BITTNER-EDDY // Chair
Organizational Effectiveness and Wellbeing Consultant

St. Paul, MN

JOHN PAIN // Treasurer
CPA (inactive)

St. Paul, MN

BETHANY WHITEHEAD // Secretary
Program + Communications Director, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
Saint Paul, MN

JAMES FARSTAD
President, Farstad.US, LLC
Minneapolis, MN

CHRISTINE HAMMES
Retired, Director, Strategic Development Services
MAP for Nonprofits

Saint Paul, MN

NATHAN JOHNSON
Partner | Architect, 4RM+ULA
St. Paul, MN

AVITAL RABINOWITZ
Associate Producer, Performance Today at American Public Media
Minneapolis, MN

HLEE VANG
Law Practice Professional
St. Paul, MN

DUDLEY VOIGT
Artistic Director
FLOW Northside Arts Crawl
Minneapolis, MN

JOAN VORDERBRUGGEN
Director of Public Art and Placemaking
Hennepin Theatre Trust
Minneapolis, MN