Announcing our Forecast 2020 Early- and Mid-Career Grant Recipients

grid of portraits of Forecast 2020 Grantees

Top row left to right: Alyssa Baguss, Katrina Knutson, Akiem Scott, Dyani White Hawk, Missy Whiteman. Middle row: Camila Leiva Anderson, Kao Lee Thao, Anna Metcalfe, DejaJoelle. Bottom row: Margo Gray, Kaamil Haider, Tori Hong, Naomi Ko.


We are excited to introduce our next round of talented grant recipients!

We are incredibly proud of the talented group of artists selected to receive Forecast grant funding in 2020. It is with great pleasure that we congratulate each recipient. We cannot wait to see what they accomplish over the coming year.

Thirteen artists are recipients of Forecast’s 2020 early- and mid-career grants. A total of $86,000 will support independent projects, leadership and professional development, risk-taking, multidisciplinary approaches, and collaborative problem solving in the field of public art.

“We believe deeply in supporting individual artists to identify their own opportunities and realize their own dreams. There is still a lack of funding nationally that goes directly to public artists and we appreciate the continued support from McKnight and Jerome Foundations for making this commitment with us here in Minnesota. We know from more than 30 years of experience that these grants have a significant impact on bringing more innovative, equitable and transformative public art to Minnesota communities,” said executive director Theresa Sweetland.

This year’s recipients are:

Mid-Career Project Grantees ($10,000 each)
Alyssa Baguss
Katrina Knutson
Akiem Scott
Dyani White Hawk
Missy Whiteman

Early-Career Project Grantees ($8,000 each)
Camila Leiva Anderson
Kao Lee Thao

Mid-Career Professional Development Grantees ($5,000 each)
Anna Metcalfe
DejaJoelle

Early-Career Research + Development Grantees ($2,500 each)
Margo Gray
Kaamil Haider
Tori Hong
Naomi Ko

It is our value that our applicants, panelists, and grantees reflect the racial, cultural, gender, artistic, and geographic diversity of Minnesota and the 11 Native nations that share the same geography, and the stories and perspectives of the artists and communities we serve.

“Equity has been the lens for all changes to the grant program over the last three years. We have made significant efforts over the past three years to ensure that we manage and reduce barriers to access for these grants,” said Jen Krava, Forecast Director of Programming + New Initiatives. “We stand apart by placing particular emphasis on supporting and amplifying the artistic work of artists of color, female artists, LGBTQ artists, indigenous artists, immigrant artists, artists from rural communities, as well as non-traditional public artists. We are thrilled with this year’s grantees and excited to follow their progress over this next year!”

 

An independent panel selected the 2020 grantees. The panelists were:

Sharon Bridgforth, a Doris Duke Performing Artist and writer that creates ritual/jazz theatre, based in Los Angeles, CA; Reinaldo Correa, an Assistant Teaching Professor at Iowa State University and public artist based in Ames, Iowa; Adrienne Doyle, tactical urbanism lead + development at Juxtaposition Arts and a multi-media artist, based in Minneapolis, MN; Emmett Ramstad, a sculptor and participatory artist, and a lecturer in the Art Department at the University of Minnesota, and former Forecast grantee, based in Minneapolis, MN; and Saymoukda Vongsay, a Lao American writer and former Forecast grantee based in St. Paul, MN.

Forecast follows a rigorous policy on the disclosure and management of conflicts of interest to ensure the integrity of the grant program.

2020 Mid-Career Project Grantees

Supports the creation of a new, publicly accessible, temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a Minnesota-based mid-career public artist (made possible by funding from McKnight Foundation)

Alyssa Baguss
Open Water Project
Open Water is a platform for contemporary art and culture situated aboard the Minneapolis Water Taxi (Duffy Boat) on the Mississippi River in Northeast Minneapolis. This project will support twelve artist-led boat tours containing a variety of visual, performing, and social practice art projects. The project goal is to support and facilitate the production and development of new and experimental public works in relationship to and floating on a natural body of water.

Katrina Knutson
Cross County Arts Greater Minnesota Mural Project
Cross County Arts will build connections and relationships across Minnesota counties, bridge gaps between urban and rural communities, and promote public art and artists across Minnesota. Knutson will hire local artists from smaller cities in Minnesota and work with them to design and create a mural in their town.

Akiem Scott
Black Fathers for Futures Imagined
Hip Hop path forgers DJ Kool Akiem and DJ Digie will collaborate on the Black Fathers for Futures Imagined project, a multi-disciplinary performance and photography exhibit around themes of black fatherhood, black artistry, and legacy.

Dyani White Hawk
Mosaic Mural at Five Square
Dyani White Hawk will create a mosaic mural for Seward Redesign at the Five Square building, 2525 East Franklin Avenue. Last year White Hawk received a Forecast Professional Development Grant to partake in a residency at Franz Mayer of Munich in Germany, during which she learned about the process of mosaics, translated her design ideas, and selected colors in preparation for this project.

Missy Whiteman
The Coyote Way: X – Expanded Cinema Experience
The Coyote Way: X is a new form of Indigenous storytelling infused with Expanded Cinema experience (XR experience) utilizing 360 VR, video synthesizer, projection, performance, and live score. Rooted deep in Ancestral knowledge and traditional stories, The Coyote Way gives a new life that rises up through the cracks of the broken sidewalks, built on ancestral ground, deepened in cellular memory and star knowledge.

2020 Early-Career Project Grantees

Supports the creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by an early-career Minnesota-based artist (made possible by funding from Jerome Foundation)

Camila Leiva Anderson
“Aquí estamos y no nos vamos” Latinx Community Mural in Worthington
Anderson will paint a community-driven outdoor mural to be painted on a prominent wall of the Azteca Restaurant, located on the main street in Worthington, Minnesota. This immigrant-owned Mexican restaurant is an important site of gathering for the Latinx community in Worthington. Anderson will lead the mural process, her largest to date, with a group of Latinx youth from UNIDOS MN who will work as mural assistants.

Kao Lee Thao
Illuminated Folktale
Kao Lee Thao will create Illuminated Folktale, an oversized lantern installation with projected Hmong folktales animated on the surface, presented at the Little Mekong Night Market. This Lub Teeb (lantern) will light up the night and display visual representations of Hmong folktales, customarily an oral tradition.

2020 Mid-Career Professional Development Grantees

Supports Minnesota-based mid-career artists seeking to expand or advance their careers in the field of public art, through a project idea or participation in career-enhancing activities (made possible by funding from McKnight Foundation)

Anna Metcalfe
Storytelling in Public Art and the role of Qualitative Research
This project will assess participant stories collected through an on-going public art project called Upstream as a qualitative data set. Artist Anna Metcalfe and sociocultural anthropologist Laurie Moberg will create a system for cataloging and interpreting these stories, guiding the future of Upstream. At the same time, it will also investigate the role that qualitative research has in public art, and that art has in gaining access to data for environmental research.

DejaJoelle
Healing A Community
DejaJoelle will develop a new dance technique that promotes healing and Self – Love. In addition to development, DejaJoelle will host three community events in which the practice will be shared and further developed.

2020 Early-Career Research + Development Grantees

Supports early-career artists in public art-related research and development or with the planning phase of freely accessible public art installation or activity in Minnesota (made possible by funding from Jerome Foundation)

Margo Gray
Iron Range: an auditory exploration
Gray will research and develop an app-based interactive audio experience for the Mesabi Trail between Grand Rapids and Ely, MN. This narrative journey would allow participants to see the places they pass through in a new way, and allow Gray to forward their practice as an artist by developing new techniques for interactivity and public accessibility.

Kaamil Haider
Taut, An Overture to Memory
Haider will research the potentiality of a public art project in or around a communal space common to the Somali community in Minneapolis. The proposed project is a continuation of a 2016 sculpture installation in which he recreated a Somali stool (gambar), larger than its original size and built out of three distinct and repeating sizes, each nested within the other, a reference to its repeated uses throughout the day.

Tori Hong
“Coming home” in the face of gentrification – learning traditional craft arts
What does coming home mean as a queer, second generation American? What does coming home mean when Hmong and Korean people have historically been displaced by discrimination, genocide, and war? What does coming home mean as an adult renter in the face of gentrification? In this project, Hong will explore these questions through the lenses of traditional craft arts (paj ntaub and hanji), leading to the creation of a wheat-pasted public art project.

Naomi Ko
Central Grant and Funding Directory for Filmmakers
Ko will research, compile, and develop a central grant and funding directory for narrative filmmaking artists. This directory will be shared with different filmmaking organizations and provided online.

 

These grants are made possible by generous funding from the McKnight Foundation and the Jerome Foundation.

 

Read more about the grantees and Forecast’s support for artists.