CONSULTING TEAM

Jack Becker

Jack Becker

Founder and Lead Principal Consultant

Jack founded Forecast in 1978, and now serves as Principal Lead Consultant. As a public artist, administrator, and veteran consultant, Jack specializes in developing projects and plans for communities large and small. He especially enjoys projects that connect the ideas and energies of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities. He has organized dozens of exhibitions, publications, and artful events.

Jack received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, studying under such artists as Siah Armajani, Kinji Akagawa and Andrew Leicester. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he also studied there at Washington University and Webster University, as well as the Croydon College of Art and Design in Great Britain. Widely acknowledged as a leader in the field, Jack is the founding publisher of Public Art Review. In 2007, he received the Public Art Network Award of Excellence from Americans for the Arts, and in 2014, he received a lifetime achievement award from the College Art Association, through their Public Art Dialogue program.

Jen Krava

Jen Krava

Director of Programming + New Initiatives

Jen Krava, Director of Programming + New Initiatives, holds a Master of Design degree, with a focus on Art, Design and the Public Domain from Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she graduated with commendation and received the Unsung Hero Award. She also holds a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota College of Design, and was a 2011 Yale studio painting research fellow.

As Director of Programming + New Initiatives, Jen sets the vision and strategy for all programming at Forecast. She also facilitates RFQ and artist selection processes, writes public art master plans, manages the artist grant program, and creates and facilitates in person workshops and trainings.

Jen is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, co-editor of _SCAPE, ASLA-MN’s publication, and a visual artist, studying the body as a site, performative garments, and analog technologies.

Theresa Sweetland

Theresa Sweetland

Executive Director; Publisher, Public Art Review

Theresa Sweetland is an experienced executive director, fundraiser, curator, and leader in the field of community cultural development and creative placemaking. Theresa served as Executive/Artistic Director of Intermedia Arts, Minnesota’s premier multidisciplinary, multicultural arts organization, where her leadership successfully revived this renowned arts organization from near death in 2009 to stability and national prominence. Most recently, she served as Director of Development and External Relations at the Minnesota Museum of American Art where her efforts focused on raising visibility and resources to support the rebirth of the St. Paul institution.

Her passion and know-how have continually brought together diverse sectors of the community, artists and planners, elders and teens, prisoners and poets, to build collaborations and partnerships that expand and enrich lives and build community. Theresa holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from The University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a concentration on community and economic development. Theresa is a Co-Founding Artistic Director of B-Girl Be, the world’s first international women in hip hop summit and founding director of Creative CityMaking, a pioneering partnership between artists and city staff to advance racial equity goals and engage underrepresented communities in determining the future of Minneapolis. Theresa was recognized for bold new steps and strategic leadership with the Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Initiative in 2015.

Candida Gonzalez

Candida Gonzalez

Consultant

Candida Gonzalez, a Puerto Rican native of South Minneapolis, is passionate about education, community engagement through the arts and equitable arts access. She approaches her work by centering at the intersection of art, activism, healing and personal/community empowerment. She is deeply invested in the concept of using art and community design as tools to wage love and healing. As a consultant, she is working with Forecast on Making It Public workshops around the country.

Resource materials, Group Facilitation/Peer Learning Events, Research + Evaluation Consultant, Creative Performances

Tricia Heuring

Tricia Heuring

Consultant

Tricia Heuring is a Thai American curator, arts organizer, and educator. She is the co-founder of Public Functionary, a Northeast Minneapolis exhibition space, where she is building a curatorial practice and community platform focused on experimentation, equity and inclusion. She is an adjunct at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of Minnesota. She currently serves as the Board Chair of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. As a consultant, she is working with Forecast on a variety of public art commissioning projects, including ones for the City of St. Louis Park, Pentagon Village in Edina, and Anoka County Centennial Library.

Consultation, Resource Materials, Research + Evaluation Consultation, Creative Performances

Bob Lunning

Bob Lunning

Consultant

Bob Lunning brings environmental planning and design expertise to Forecast’s consulting team. With a background in theatrical design and teaching at Minneapolis College of Art & Design, he seamlessly merges art and design. Bob has collaborated with numerous artists— including Sears+Mylebust, Kinji Akagawa, and Alexander Tylevich— on art in public spaces.

Bob combines an intuitive vision for place-making with a pragmatic interest in the art of building. His environmental designs have been recognized in local and national competitions and received awards from AIA/Minnesota, Minnesota Society of Landscape Architects, Committee on the Urban Environment, Minnesota Preservation Alliance, and New York Home Best in Green Building. Bob is vice president of Mixed Blood Theater’s board and is a former Creative Community Leadership Institute fellow. With the Forecast team, he has engaged creatives and community members to develop art and cultural plans for Grand Forks, Duluth, Eagan, and other cities. Bob’s involvement with Forecast includes board service and advisory roles prior to his current consultancy.

Aki Shibata

Aki Shibata

Consultant

Aki Shibata was born in Tokyo, Japan. She moved to the USA for her art education, and graduated in 2007 with a BFA in Photography from the College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN. Shibata states that she “creates more places and ways to let people meet their peace.” Her artworks are an examination of her body and mind in public gallery spaces. She has taught bookmaking, printmaking, papermaking, and works on creating more inclusion and equity for all with Science House Professional Development Group at the Science Museum of MN. As a consultant, Aki works with Forecast on developing curriculum for Forecast.ED, our online learning platform. She directs and records video, creates modules and lessons, and accompanying resources.

Consultation, Resource Materials, Group Facilitation/Peer Learning, Creative Performances, Digital Media Services

Witt Siasoco

Witt Siasoco

Consultant

Witt Siasoco has been actively engaged at the intersection of the arts and civic process through a variety of roles—as artist, graphic designer, and arts educator. Previously, Siasoco was selected by Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis as an artist for Creative Citymaking, a year-long collaboration between artists and City planners to develop innovative approaches for addressing the long-term transportation, land use, economic, environmental, and social issues facing Minneapolis. In 2008, Siasoco was recognized by the Americans for the Arts as an Emerging Leader of Color. He is still a person of color and is continuing to emerge into leadership. As a consultant, he is working with Forecast on a beautification and public art plan for the City of Brooklyn Center.

Consultation, Resource Materials, Research + Evaluation Consultant, Visual Art, Community Engagement

Hawona Sullivan Janzen

Hawona Sullivan Janzen

Consultant

Hawona Sullivan Janzen is a multi-disciplinary artist who seeks ways to bring people together through the arts, in positions as diverse as gallery curator at University of Minnesota, coordinator of the Literary Witnesses poetry reading series, and improvisational jazz singer with the Sonoglyph Collective. She is currently at work on two public art projects: the Dale Street Bridge Project over I-94 and the Rondo Family Reunion, a public art lawn sign installation. As a consultant, she is working with Forecast on a strategic assessment of public programming for Hennepin Theatre Trust.

Consultation, Resource Materials, Research + Evaluation Consultant, Creative Performances, Community Engagement

Mark VanderSchaaf

Mark VanderSchaaf

Consultant

Mark VanderSchaaf works at the intersection of economics, regional planning and public art. Early in his career he taught college humanities after earning a B.A. in history at Swarthmore and a Ph.D. in religious studies at the University of Iowa. Retooling with an M.S. in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he subsequently worked for 17 years as an economic planner for the City of Saint Paul, and then for 12 years as regional planning director for the Metropolitan Council of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Area.

After retiring from Metropolitan Council in 2016, Mark taught economics for a year at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is the Immediate Past Chair of APA’s Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division, where he heads up the division’s program in Regional Planning for Arts and Culture. As a consultant, he is working with Forecast to bring public art and placemaking projects into neighborhoods near the new Southwest Light Rail Line in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Area communities of St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie.