Entries by Jen Dolen

Call for artists/teams for 325 Blake Road project in Hopkins, MN

We are looking for five artists/teams who can: use art to inspire and engage, are comfortable talking to strangers and meeting new people, listen to the community’s vision for a welcoming, inspiring, fun place—to inform a clear call to artists to be developed by Forecast for future public artworks—and who are connected to this neighborhood or its diverse cultures in some way. In order to: share information about this project with community members through creative, inclusive, hands-on engagement activities. Application materials due by July 15, 2022.

Chroma Zone 2022 artists, continuing to disrupt the mural festival status quo

We are excited to share the selected artists for Chroma Zone Mural & Arts Festival, in partnership with the Creative Enterprise Zone. Forecast’s team is proud to continue disrupting the status quo through artist selection for this incredible community festival in Saint Paul, MN. Our team thoughtfully recommends artists for walls through the lenses of racial and gender equity. Along with the CEZ, we also promote and ensure that creatives and artists always be paid fairly for their work. All selected artists in this festival are compensated for their work.

Call for artists—3D public art opportunity at Parkway Residences, St. Louis Park, MN

Parkway Residences has contracted Forecast to facilitate an artist call to design and create a public artwork at the newly developed Parkway Residences in St. Louis Park, MN. Artists are invited to submit a letter of interest and past work samples. Up to three semi-finalists will receive a stipend to present a design concept to the selection committee. One artist or team will be contracted to refine, create and install their design concept.

Forecast Public Art is hiring a Project Manager

There is ongoing demand by private and public partners seeking our support to engage artists in creative problem solving. To help meet this demand, we are hiring a new Project Manager with: strong management skills; belief in our mission and values of social justice and racial equity; and experience in the field of public art and community engagement in both the public and private sectors. This member of our highly independent team will be responsible for leading, managing, and coordinating client-facing projects with a focus on community engagement and artist selection processes. Applications are due March 27, 2022 at 11:59 PM CDT.

Announcing Forecast’s 2022 Grant Recipients

Public artists are essential in helping us relate to one another, tell stories, and connect us to the land we are on. Our grant program gives public artists time and space to develop research and locally-connected projects. This year’s incredible grant recipients are planning projects to uplift their communities through storytelling, reclamation, mapping, space activation, and more. We are incredibly proud of the talented group of artists selected to receive Forecast grant funding in 2022. Sixteen artists are recipients of Forecast’s 2022 early- and mid-career grants. A total of $86,000 will support thirteen independent projects, leadership and professional development, risk-taking, multidisciplinary approaches, and collaborative problem solving in the field of public art.

Making Change: 11th Street Bridge Park | Washington, D.C.

This second issue of our consulting newsletter, Making Change, transports us from Reno, NV (elevation 4,500’) to Washington DC (elevation 410’), landing upon the banks of the Anacostia River at the soon-to-be-built 11th Street Bridge Park, designed by OMA and OLIN, for not one, but FIVE public art commissions. Here’s the WHO, WHAT, and HOW into the Forecast Public Art approach to creating meaningful public art projects, seen through the eyes of our Senior Project Manager, Mark Salinas.