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.

Consulting Associates 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.

Candida Gonzalez

Candida Gonzalez

Consulting Associate

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 consulting associate, she will work with Forecast on Making It Public workshops around the country.

Tricia Heuring

Tricia Heuring

Consulting Associate

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 consulting associate, she will work 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.

Aki Shibata

Aki Shibata

Consulting Associate

Aki Shibata is a behavioral artist from Tokyo, Japan, now creating art in St. Paul. She 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. As a consulting associate, she will work with Forecast on the launch of its new online learning platform, Forecast.ED.

Witt Siasoco

Witt Siasoco

Consulting Associate

Witt Siasoco has been actively engaged at the intersection of the arts and civic process for more than 20 years. He was selected by the City of Minneapolis as a Creative Citymaking artist and received a grant for a year-long residency with the City of Richfield. His collaboration with poet Molly Van Avery and Poetry for People “This Home is Not for Sale” was an Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Award recipient. As a consulting associate, he will work with Forecast on a beautification and public art plan for the City of Brooklyn Center.

Hawona Sullivan Janzen

Hawona Sullivan Janzen

Consulting Associate

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 consulting associate, she will work with Forecast on a strategic assessment of public programming for Hennepin Theatre Trust.