CONSULTING TEAM

Jack Becker

Jack Becker

Director of Consulting & Creative Services

Jack founded Forecast in 1978, and now serves as director of Forecast’s Consulting & Creative Services program. 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 more than 70 exhibitions, 50 publications, and numerous special 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 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

Creative Services Manager

Jen Krava, a member of our Community & Creative Services team, holds a MDes, Art, Design and the Public Domain degree from Harvard GSD, where she graduated with commendation and received the Unsung Hero Award. As a final thesis project she investigated the issue of violence against women and what society values as acceptable behavior in public space.

She also holds an MLA degree from the University of Minnesota, is a former Somerville Arts Council Fellowship Grantee, past Curator of the Kirkland Gallery, a past President of the ASLA-MN student chapter, and former Yale Summer Session studio art fellow in Auvillar, France.

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.