OUR TEAM

Theresa Sweetland

Theresa Sweetland

Executive Director;
Publisher FORWARD
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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.

Shauna Dee

Shauna Dee

Finance + Operations Manager
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Shauna is responsible for financial systems, business compliance, planning and budget management, human resources, IT, and information systems.

Shauna 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, Information + Communications Coordinator, Finance and Administration Manager, and Associate Director. In 2019, Shauna was a participant in the Propel Financial Leadership Cohort to help develop a culture of financial understanding at Forecast and within the nonprofit sector. She 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.
Jen Dolen

Jen Dolen

Content + Communications Manager;
FORWARD project manager
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Jen manages all communications and content needs for the organization, in print, online, and in-person. As project manager for FORWARD, Jen oversees all production of the digital publication. She has been involved with Forecast publications since 2013, sourcing and organizing images as well as writing for Public Art Review. Jen also oversees Forecast’s website and other digital content, digital marketing and communications, social media, and digital asset management. She previously managed Forecast’s esteemed Public Art Library.

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 worked in the camera industry for over a decade, and has been involved with several vibrant Twin Cities arts organizations in a variety of capacities. She cares about issues faced by museums, libraries, non-profits and related spaces—and the communities they serve—as well as the challenge of fostering and sharing creative work, challenges in digital asset management, and the power of images and information. She is energized and inspired by the community value and impact of Forecast’s work.

Candida Gonzalez

Candida Gonzalez

Consultant
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Candida Gonzalez, a Puerto Rican native of South Minneapolis, is passionate about education, community engagement through the arts and equitable arts access. She approaches her work by centering at the intersection of art, activism, healing and personal/community empowerment. She is deeply invested in the concept of using art and community design as tools to wage love and healing.

As a consultant, Candida works with Forecast on Making It Public workshops around the country, and was on the team that created Forecast’s Innovation Toolkit for creative alternatives to in-person arts-based activities in response to the massive loss of work for artists due to COVID-19.

Tricia Heuring

Tricia Heuring

Consultant
She / Her / Hers

Tricia Heuring is a Thai-American curator, arts organizer, and educator. As a co-founder of Public Functionary, a Northeast Minneapolis-based multidisciplinary arts platform, she supports emerging artists of color to develop resources, studio practice, and exhibitions. Advocating for systemic change and equity in the MSP arts sector has put her in collaboration with organizations that focus on grant-making, public art, and social justice. As an educator, she has taught curatorial practice and cultural leadership at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and St. Mary’s University. She was born in Bangkok, Thailand, raised as resident of Cairo, Egypt, and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As a consultant, she is working with Forecast on a variety of public art commissioning projects, including ones for the City of Bloomington, and the PLACES initiative for the upcoming Southwest LRT Green Line Extension.

Jen Krava

Jen Krava

Director of Programming + New Initiatives
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Jen Krava, Director of Programming + New Initiatives, holds a Master in Design Studies, with a focus on Art, Design and the Public Domain from Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she graduated with commendation and received the Unsung Hero Award. She also holds a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota College of Design, and was a 2011 Yale studio painting research fellow.

As Director of Programming + New Initiatives, Jen sets the vision and strategy for all programming at Forecast. She also facilitates RFQ and artist selection processes, writes public art master plans, manages the artist grant program, and creates and facilitates in person workshops and trainings.

Jen is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, co-editor of _SCAPE, ASLA-MN’s publication, and a visual artist, studying the body as a site, performative garments, and analog technologies.

Jacque Liu

Jacque Liu

Program Manager
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Jacque Liu is a Philadelphia-based artist, arts administrator, and educator. His dedication to positive change in our neighborhoods and communities is evident in his work as Program Manager at Forecast Public Art, where he is responsible for managing, coordinating, and developing programs to support Forecast’s strategic direction, as well as creating and managing long term goals.

From 2014–2020, he served as the City of Philadelphia as Percent for Art Program Manager, where he managed all aspects of new City public art commissions. Jacque has also worked in philanthropic grantmaking at the Pew Center and recent teaching experience includes the Graduate Program at Moore College of Art. At the grassroots level, he is the co-founder of Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin, Germany and has been a member of Philadelphia artist collectives, Vox Populi and Grizzly Grizzly. He serves on various boards and panels, including the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Alliance for Watershed Education, and the artblog.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Jacque received an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a B.F.A. from Alfred University, and a Fulbright Scholarship at the Universität der Künste Berlin. His artwork has been widely exhibited and his projects have been reviewed in The New York Times, Newsweek, National Public Radio, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the artblog.

At the core of Jacque’s approach in these varied roles is his background as an artist, applying creative problem-solving to each of these endeavors.

Bob Lunning

Bob Lunning

Consultant
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Bob Lunning brings environmental planning and design expertise to Forecast’s consulting team. With a background in theatrical design and teaching at Minneapolis College of Art & Design, he seamlessly merges art and design. Bob has collaborated with numerous artists— including Sears+Mylebust, Kinji Akagawa, and Alexander Tylevich— on art in public spaces.

Bob combines an intuitive vision for place-making with a pragmatic interest in the art of building. His environmental designs have been recognized in local and national competitions and received awards from AIA/Minnesota, Minnesota Society of Landscape Architects, Committee on the Urban Environment, Minnesota Preservation Alliance, and New York Home Best in Green Building. Bob is vice president of Mixed Blood Theater’s board and is a former Creative Community Leadership Institute fellow.

With the Forecast team, he has engaged creatives and community members to develop art and cultural plans for Grand Forks, Duluth, Eagan, and other cities. Bob’s involvement with Forecast includes board service and advisory roles prior to his current consultancy.

Sarah McClure

Sarah McClure

Development 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.

Karen Olson

Karen Olson

Advisor & Consulting Editor
FORWARD
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Karen held the role of editor-in-chief of Public Art Review from 2011-2020; her leadership and creativity launched Forecast’s new digital publication FORWARD, paving the way for more voices and perspectives to shine through. A freelance magazine editor and writer—as well as a personal coach for changemakers—she has been working with Forecast since 2008. She loves sharing stories about public art and placemaking, which bring together her passions for art, place, courageous leadership, deep listening, and thoughtful design.

The former editor-in-chief of Utne Reader, 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 also certifications in holistic health education, permaculture design, chainsaw operation, neurotransformational coaching, and co-active leadership.

If you have story ideas please send them to info@forecastpublicart.org.

Mallory Rukhsana Nezam

Mallory Rukhsana Nezam

Communications Strategist;
FORWARD Curator of Partnerships + Programming
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Mallory Rukhsana Nezam is a cross-sector culture-maker who loves cities and believes that we have the tools to make them more just and joyful. She specializes in public art, creative placemaking/keeping/knowing, systems change, organizational development and strategic growth, communications strategy and the public domain. Through her cross-sector practice, Justice + Joy, she engages government, artists, advocacy groups, elected officials, community members and urban planners to de-silo the way we run cities and build new models of creative, interdisciplinary collaboration. She has helped build inaugural arts & culture teams in non-arts organizations at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council of Boston, Transportation for America and PolicyLink.

Raised in St. Louis, MO, she is the founder of St. Louis Improv Anywhere, and collaborating founder of the St. Louis Artivists. Through her art practice she disarms and disrupts public space norms using play and participatory performance. She holds a Master of Design from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and her research focuses on the racial equity impacts of artists residencies in local government. She’s currently a lecturer at the Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, a 2020 Monument Lab Transnational Fellow, and was a 2019-2020 inaugural Practices for Change Fellow at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute of Design & the Arts. She seeks to be in every room she’s not supposed to be in.

Mark Salinas

Mark Salinas

Consultant
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Mark Salinas is a governor-appointed board member of the Nevada Arts Council and an arts & culture commissioner for the city of Reno.

Salinas is a 2019 recipient of the Nevada Humanities Rising Star Award and the first Nevadan inducted into the National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC) Leadership Institute.

Prior to his 2016 relocation to Carson City, Salinas lived in Queens, New York for 19 years, having worked for such organizations as Pace Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery, White Columns, Brooklyn Art Museum, and the World Trade Center Site Memorial Design Competition.  He is the founder of the non-profit community organization, 7Train Murals.

Aki Shibata

Aki Shibata

Consultant;
Artist Support Grant Coordinator
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Aki Shibata was born in Tokyo, Japan. She moved to the USA for her art education, and graduated in 2007 with a BFA in Photography from the College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN. Shibata states that she “creates more places and ways to let people meet their peace.” Her artworks are an examination of her body and mind in public gallery spaces. She has taught bookmaking, printmaking, papermaking, and works on creating more inclusion and equity for all with Science House Professional Development Group at the Science Museum of MN.

Witt Siasoco

Witt Siasoco

Consultant
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Witt Siasoco has been actively engaged at the intersection of the arts and civic process through a variety of roles—as artist, graphic designer, and arts educator. Previously, Siasoco was selected by Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis as an artist for Creative Citymaking, a year-long collaboration between artists and City planners to develop innovative approaches for addressing the long-term transportation, land use, economic, environmental, and social issues facing Minneapolis. In 2008, Siasoco was recognized by the Americans for the Arts as an Emerging Leader of Color. He is still a person of color and is continuing to emerge into leadership.

As a consultant, he is working with Forecast on a beautification and public art plan for the City of Brooklyn Center.

Hawona Sullivan Janzen

Hawona Sullivan Janzen

Consultant
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Hawona Sullivan Janzen is a multi-disciplinary artist who seeks ways to bring people together through the arts, in positions as diverse as gallery curator at University of Minnesota, coordinator of the Literary Witnesses poetry reading series, and improvisational jazz singer with the Sonoglyph Collective. She is currently at work on two public art projects: the Dale Street Bridge Project over I-94 and the Rondo Family Reunion, a public art lawn sign installation.

As a consultant, she is working with Forecast on a strategic assessment of public programming for Hennepin Theatre Trust, and was on the team that created Forecast’s Innovation Toolkit for creative alternatives to in-person arts-based activities in response to the massive loss of work for artists due to COVID-19.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

Saint Paul, MN

JOHN PAIN // Treasurer
CPA (inactive)

Saint Paul, MN

HALLY TURNER // Secretary
Planning Program Coordinator, MnDOT

Saint Paul, MN

ERIN HEELAN
Principal Consultant | Erin Heelan Consulting
Saint Paul, MN

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

HLEE VANG
Law Practice Professional
Saint 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