Consulting Associate Expands Forecast’s Online Learning Platform

Forecast consulting associate Aki Shibata is developing and producing new content for Forecast.ED.

A behavioral artist from Tokyo, Japan, now creating art in St. Paul, Aki Shibata develops intersections for people in public spaces to discover their authentic self and nurture compassion for all. Her work focuses on finding a sense of belonging. Shibata is a member of CarryOn Homes, a team of artists from five countries dedicated to telling the stories of immigrants and refugees in the USA through art. By engaging the public with cross-cultural dialogue, CarryOn Homes creates spaces for immigrants and marginalized communities to feel a sense of belonging and empowerment. As a consulting associate, Shibata is working with Forecast to develop content and produce web-based learning opportunities on Forecast.ED, Forecast’s online learning platform.

Forecast.ED offers online learning and professional development opportunities about public art, placemaking and place-based design. The courses are designed to cover a diverse array of topics within the field; some offer a broad overview, and others allow learners to get more specialized information about a certain topic area. Forecast has packaged over 40 years of knowledge and experience to offer learning opportunities and professional development activities that will help practitioners incorporate public art and placemaking principles into their work, learn the nuts and bolts of how to get a project off the ground, or dive deeper into a specific area of expertise.

Shibata will draw on her passion for education and experience as an instructor at the Science Museum to craft an online course about how to create a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for public art projects. She is utilizing a variety of media to make the course interactive, while providing tools and information for course participants to apply to their daily work. As a result of the course, participants will come away with a draft of their own RFQ that they can use to find an artist for a future public art project.


Aki Shibata is one of five Forecast consulting associates who were participants of GroundWork and joined Forecast in January 2019 to work intensively on a variety of public art initiatives through six-month-long paid positions. 



This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.