COMMISSIONING + CURATION

Commissioning artists and curating public art programming can be difficult parts of a project. That’s where Forecast comes in: our four decades in this field means we bring to your project deep knowledge of public artists and projects, as well as effective, community-engaged practices.

Our Forecast consulting team involves and supports artists throughout a process, offering professional development skill building and opportunities for public art commissions. We broaden awareness and increase appreciation for the role that public art and artists play in building community, enhancing the built environment, creating meaningful places and shaping public history.

We emphasize access for artists of color, indigenous artists, and groups that are traditionally excluded.

We are available and ready to work with you remotely during the pandemic

Artist Yatika Fields in front of his mural at Memorial Park in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

COMMISSIONING + CURATION

Artists and creativity can play a vital role in project and development efforts. The experienced consulting team at Forecast is ready to help!

  • Artist Commissioning: We help you determine your goals for a public art project, and facilitate the artist commissioning process, including RFQ creation, artist selection, implementation and project management.
  • Public Art Curating and Programming: Let us help you plan, develop, and manage public art programming. Our experience includes creating exhibits, planning events and managing temporary installations.
  • Artist Residencies: In-depth residencies allow participants to discover how art, community and big ideas shape our shared spaces. We match artists with schools, private developments and neighborhood organizations to increase understanding of the possibility for and impact of public art.

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT

Artist Aaron De La Cruz and the Alvera Building

Working with The Ackerberg Group and DJR Architecture, Forecast curated internationally recognized artist Aaron De La Cruz for the massive mural completed September 22, 2021 on the new seven-story, mixed-use building on West 7th Street in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Aaron free-hand painted 7,500 square feet over three weeks, sometimes working from eighty feet in the air, to create distinct, minimal designs with strong marks. A special designer was also brought in to customize the siding design to flow with Aaron’s mural.

The artist feels a special connection with this work: the building is named “Alvera” after developer Stu Ackerberg’s mother; on Aaron’s mother’s birthday, the artist painted the final brush stroke, saying “It was one of those moments that felt like it was meant to happen.”

Along with artist support on the project, Forecast’s consulting team member Tricia Heuring also coordinated with City Mischief to paint concrete barriers in front of the building while it was under construction, creating a more attractive environment for the neighborhood.

  • Photos by Drew Arrieta

PROJECT PORTFOLIO

Download our LookBook to view our full Commissioning + Curation and Planning + Engagement project portfolio, or browse here.

Are you seeking technical assistance to support accessible and equitable planning efforts? Forecast can also help you with all aspects of planning and engagement.

Our team works in communities across the country and globe. These are the U.S. locations where we have been on the ground—meeting with stakeholders and partnering with communities to meet their public art and engagement needs—and our list is growing by the day.