rendering of a dynamic civic space with city amenities as well as greenery and water access

Participate: 325 Blake Road, Hopkins community engagement

Forecast, in partnership with the City of Hopkins, Alatus, and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, are facilitating creative activities to envision the future public amenities at 325 Blake Road. We hired artists to develop creative activities and engage with community members who live near this site.
Along with Forecast and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board logos, text over paint buckets on an outdoor table reads, "Call for Artists, Apply by September 19, 2022, 9 artists will be selected to create murals, $6,000 artist fee (each) + $3,000 materials, Minneapolis connection preferred"

Call for artists—Parks for All Mural Project

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Forecast artists to develop murals to foster Parks for All. 9 artists will be selected to create murals in 2023, each representing Minneapolis Park & Recreation system goals. Commission: $6,000 artist fee + $3,000 for materials (to include artist travel). Qualifications due September 19 at 11:59 PM CDT, 2022.
a woman with long dark hair and wearing a long-sleeved blue blouse and dangly earrings smiles as she poses near a window

A heartfelt thank you to Sarah McClure, Forecast’s outgoing Development Manager

Sarah has been an essential and integral part of the Forecast family for over five years. A fantastic writer and thinker, Sarah led grant-writing, major communications efforts, event planning, and individual giving efforts with patience, optimism and style. 
rendering of a dynamic civic space with city amenities as well as greenery and water access

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.
a grid of ten artist portraits includes the logo for the Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival

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, Bolton & Menk, 4RM+ULA, and Ramsey County awarded for community engagement work on Rice Street Visioning Project

Project partners win 2021 Excellence in Community Engagement Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association for work defining a community-driven vision for Rice Street.
Side by side portraits of a smiling, long-haired Japanese woman sitting in a colorfully painted skate park ramp and a smiling bearded bald man wearing black-rimmed glasses

Welcoming Pauline Kanako Kamiyama and Kristo Sween to Forecast’s Board of Directors

Forecast welcomes Pauline Kanako Kamiyama and Kristo Sween to Board of Directors, continuing to make deeper connections and meaningful collaborations with communities and changemakers nationwide.
grid of sixteen artist portraits

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.
a sun sets behind a bridge spanning a river

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.