With your help we will:
- ENACT PUBLIC ART POLICY CHANGE BASED ON DEEP LISTENING. Next year, our Reimagining Public Art nationwide listening tour will engage communities of color in conversations that reimagine public art and monuments to reflect hidden stories, visions, cultures and perspectives. This work will support the development of a national public art policy platform that will push for long-term change rooted in justice, health and human dignity.
- FUND OUR SECOND CHANGE LAB RESEARCH FELLOW. Thanks to donors like you, Forecast recently selected our very first Change Lab Research Fellow, Amina Cooper, who will focus on exploring public art and racial justice. We need your help now to hire our second Fellow this fall 2021.
- EXPAND OUR PRO BONO PUBLIC ART CONSULTING nationally to provide support in BIPOC and rural communities that seek our services. The ability to pay for consulting should not be a barrier for communities to benefit from creative community engagement and realize their public art dreams.
Your support will help us continue to drive major new initiatives to address racial justice, barriers to access for BIPOC artists and communities, and systemic inequities in public art.
Here are just some examples of what our work looks like in action:
- Partnering with 37 communities, serving 314 public artists, engaging 390 event and workshop participants, and reaching over 1,500 readers within the first month of publishing FORWARD, all in 2020 alone.
- Launching our new digital publication FORWARD to advocate for artists as vital partners across every sector in our country, from public health to public safety, economic development, climate change, and more. During this pandemic 94% of artists have lost income and 63% become fully unemployed–FORWARD shows cross-sector decision-makers why they should hire artists as critical partners in addressing pressing issues.
- Training artists and municipal staff to address systemic barriers to participation for BIPOC artists. The city of Louisville, KY came to us for help increasing the number of local BIPOC artists qualified for public art commissions, and we knew that training artists alone wouldn’t increase those actually selected for public art projects. So Forecast designed and delivered workshops for both BIPOC artists and Louisville municipalities and commissioning agencies to guide them in making their public artist selection processes more equitable and inclusive.
- Innovating creative solutions to business shutdowns during the pandemic. Forecast worked closely with Hennepin County, MN on their Love Local Initiative to help five business districts creatively and safely reopen through artist-created installations. Through this three-month rapid project, Forecast brought needed work to 21 artists—nearly half of whom are BIPOC artists—and encouraged people to shop locally while following Covid-19 safety guidelines during the 2020 holiday season.
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