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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. 

Forecast’s Second Change Lab Research Fellow, focusing on Indigenous Visibility in Public Art

Forecast's second Change Lab Research Fellow, focusing on Indigenous Visibility in Public Art: Jessica Mehta. The Fellowship began on January 1, 2022
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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.
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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.
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Reopening Business Districts with Artists: The Love Local Initiative

Forecast hired 18 artists to implement creative projects in 5 business districts for the Love Local Initiative, a Hennepin County project.
Theresa Sweetland

From the Director: Deepening Our Commitment to Be Part of the Change

As Forecast looks ahead at this new year, we deepen our commitment to being a part of the change and to anti-racism and justice. We commit to being a part of bringing about hope and democratic ideals. Our team is growing and changing, our programs expanding and our impact deepening. 

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.
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Announcing Forecast’s 2021 Early- and Mid-Career Grant Recipients

We are incredibly proud of the talented group of artists selected to receive Forecast grant funding in 2021. Thirteen artists/teams are recipients of Forecast's 2021 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.
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Artists Addressing COVID-Related Transportation Challenges Nationwide

When SGA put out a call for different jurisdictions to apply to partner with artists, nearly 200 different agencies from across the country raised their hands. SGA called on Forecast to facilitate artist selection for this program—Arts & Transportation Rapid Response (A&TRR)—pairing selected agencies with artists to address COVID-related transit challenges and longstanding transportation inequities. Our team spent time with the agencies to articulate the vision and goals for each project, and to understand the type of artistic work or skills that would benefit the project.
The mayor of Brooklyn Center poses with two children in front of community banner. The younger child, around 3 to 4 years old, holds a banner featuring their face and the word "hope."

Forecast developed the City of Brooklyn Center’s first Public Art Plan

To understand what residents want out of a public art program, the City of Brooklyn Center hired Forecast to make a plan that focused on community engagement. Like all plans Forecast creates, the result is actionable and tailored to the City and its residents.