“This fellowship has provided me with a unique and long-desired opportunity to dedicate my professional experience in the field to an area of critical importance that has received little dedicated research.”
Now more than ever, we need to collectively develop a national public art policy platform that is rooted in justice, health and human dignity and pushes for long-term change. With support from funders and donors, Forecast will facilitate creative listening sessions in communities across the US to develop this public art policy platform.
In collaboration with leaders and artists in each region, we will create engaging, artful, and culturally-relevant listening sessions to dig into and document the most pressing issues of our time.
Following listening sessions, we will hold a national convening to share back the creative visions gathered during the creative listening sessions. This convening will also serve as an opportunity for the public art policy platform to be created collaboratively and shared widely.
Future work in the Change Lab will be informed by the public art policy platform, turning concept into concrete action.
Forecast envisions public art as a field reflecting the values of those fighting for equity, justice, and dignity. As a national organization, we aim to set standards for ethical policies, processes, and outcomes in the field. To do this, we must change power dynamics that have resulted in inequities within our organization, in our field, and as a result of previous work.
These inequities have impacted our communities, our climate, and our health. Public art practice and policies should be rooted in the cultural and environmental contexts that celebrate people, honor customs, highlight aesthetics of place, and ensure our well-being.
Forecast will use the following guiding principles to direct our Change Lab work, until a community-driven public art policy platform is created:
- Elevate Public Art Practice: We will set high standards for public art practice to ensure ethical and equitable policies, processes, and outcomes.
- Celebrate Narratives/Shift Power: We will be led by the values of our communities as public art is a reflection of our priorities.
- Combat the Climate Crisis: We will take urgent action to protect our natural spaces to also protect our identities, our homes, and our health.
- Improve Health: We will use public art to support and protect the health of and equitable outcomes in our communities.
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