COMMISSIONING + CURATION

LET FORECAST HELP YOU BRING YOUR PUBLIC ART OR PLACE-MAKING PROJECT TO LIFE 

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.

Forecast 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.

DESIGN & PLANNING | TRAINING & WORKSHOPS

FORECAST CAN HELP YOU WITH:

  • Artist Commissioning: We help you determine your goals for a public art or place-making project, and facilitate the artist commissioning process, including RFQ creation, artist selection, implementation and project management.
  • Community Engagement: We can help you engage individuals, groups and organizations through art to address issues that impact health and wellbeing. With our community engagement toolkits, we collaborate and form partnerships in neighborhoods to create site-specific public artworks and define goals and opportunities for public art and place-making projects.
  • 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.

RECENT PROJECTS

MALL OF AMERICA

BLOOMINGTON, MN

Forecast was hired by the Mall of America to help commission a large-scale art installation. Internationally recognized artist Eric Rieger, also known as HOTTEA, was commissioned to create a new piece—his largest and most challenging yarn installation to date—for the mall’s atrium. The temporary yet monumental installation was comprised of 13,000 strands of yarn—in 103 colors—each 60 feet in length, weighing a total of 721 pounds. The stunning artwork hung below the atrium’s oval skylight and greeted visitors from around the world as they walk into the north entrance of the Mall of America. It also generated more than 2 million media impressions.

Augsburg College, Hagfors Center

Minneapolis, MN

Augsburg College contracted with Forecast Public Art to facilitate the development of public artworks for the new Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion. Five individual artists and artist teams were selected to work with project architects HGA to design integrated public art elements, such as a terrazzo floor and fritted glass curtain wall, and a second group of 25 artists were selected to create custom artworks for interior spaces.

OTHER COMMISSIONING + CURATION CLIENTS

City of St. Louis Park, MN
City of Wayzata, MN
City of West Des Moines, IA
City of White Bear Lake, MN
St. Louis County, MN
Cornerstone Group, Richfield, MN
George Kaiser Family Foundation, Tulsa, OK
Homestead Partners, Wayzata, MN
Mall of America, Bloomington, MN
Ridgedale Library, Minnetonka, MN