Entries by Jen Dolen

A library devoted to art in public finds new home as a resource for creative North Minneapolis community

Forecast Public Art Executive Director, Theresa Sweetland, is proud to announce the donation of the internationally-recognized organization’s public art library to Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA). The collection of over 2,000 print, digital and multimedia materials will soon be a part of JXTA’s new facility in North Minneapolis. Forecast’s team connected with Juxtaposition Arts to talk through the goals and details of such a transition during the pandemic as Forecast adopted a new mission, moved to a more flexible, remote organization and expanded their training and public art consulting work nationally. “This donation ensures that this beloved resource lives on to inspire the next generation of public artists, designers and urban planners here in our home communities and I know it will continue to build with the energy and contributions of JXTA apprentices, educators and youth.” shares Sweetland.

Murals, Murals, Murals!

Did you know that the Forecast team is working behind the scenes on mural projects in Minnesota and across the country? We love to support mural-making by helping our partners select artists through fair and equitable processes. We provide technical assistance to make mural projects more accessible, sustainable and inclusive, approaching each project with community context in mind and focused on bringing more BIPOC artists and curators into the field. 

Public Art Review issue 58

Visually stunning and 30% longer with even more compelling content than previous issues, this special 2019 edition of Public Art Review (PAR) includes a highlight of 103 pages devoted exclusively to 15 projects, all of which create spaces that encourage gathering, healing, safety, sanctuary, equity, and accessibility. We know that in this era, which feels unsafe and turbulent, such spaces—on the ground and in community—are critical. The projects—which are sited in spaces like a mobile office space, caravan, memorial site, church, and firehouse—address issues like racism, immigration, housing, economic development, incarceration, public policy, and more.

Chroma Zone 2021 Festival Artists Announced!

Forecast is excited to announce, with the Creative Enterprise Zone, the artists painting murals in St. Paul for Chroma Zone 2021! Forecast facilitated artist selection, disrupting the mural festival status quo through the lens of racial and gender equity.

Forecast part of national team for Washington D.C. 11th Street Bridge Park

Forecast was selected through a national competition to join internationally recognized firms OMA and OLIN along with engineers at Whitman, Requardt & Associates on the celebrated 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of Building Bridges Across the River, in Washington D.C. Our team will work to facilitate a selection process to commission artwork for the Park, with a focus on amplifying the stories, culture and heritage of neighboring Black residents.

The Change Lab Inaugural Research Fellow Focusing on Racial Justice in Public Art

The time is long overdue to reckon with systemic racism and inequities in our country’s public art policies, practices, and collections and address our collective trauma. We know from four decades as a leader in the public art field that cultural appropriation, art-washing, public art deserts, unethical community engagement practices, and systemic funding and policy barriers keep BIPOC artists and communities from fair, just and equitable representation in our country’s public art. The Change Lab National Research Fellowships aim to produce new research, data, reporting, and suggestions to advance justice, health, and human dignity in the field of public art in the United States.