As a field leader, Forecast pilots and tests new ways of working with artists and communities to improve public life. When we see a need, barrier or unique opportunity, we develop new tools and knowledge through special initiatives, partnerships and projects.


LEARNING TOOL: Public Art & Healthy Communities 
In partnership with the American Planning Association, Forecast is developing and piloting a public art and placemaking tool for planners, landscape architects and engineers serving small and mid-sized American cities. Two initial online courses will launch in early 2019. Austin, Mankato, Red Wing, Rochester and Winona are participating in the project, made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.


MAKING IT PUBLIC: Training artists in rural communities
Forecast is expanding the reach of our Making It Public (MIP) workshop, offering the training to artists in rural and ex-urban communities. Thanks to a generous ArtWorks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Forecast will offer MIP to artists from Fargo, ND, Moorhead, MN, and Rapid City, SD. MIP gives artists from any discipline the skills necessary to produce meaningful public art and participants leave prepared to move their work into the public sphere.

Forecast supports special projects and public art engagement that create connections between people, enhancing public life and building social cohesion.


FORECAST/FOREWARD Programming Fall and Winter Series

Forecast New Programming Series this fall and winter

The new Forecast/Forward series features conversations with practitioners working at the intersection of arts, culture, place, and equity. We’re taking stories off the pages of our magazine Public Art Review and bringing them to you direct from leading practitioners and artists. This series is designed for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of and keep their pulse on the trends, shifts, and innovative new work being done in our fields.

GROUNDWORK: An intro to public art consulting

St. Paul, MN

Forecast is building the next generation of consultants to serve communities throughout the country with skill and expertise. In particular, we are supporting a significant increase in people of color and indigenous people to become leaders in the field through ongoing coaching, employment opportunities and fellowships. This work is helping correct a disconnect between the voices who have power and privilege in planning public art and placemaking efforts and the communities impacted by those decisions.

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Meet the new consulting associates, who were participants of GroundWork

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 

PLACES: Public Art and Community Engagement Southwest

Five Minnesota cities: Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie

Since 2016, Forecast has facilitated the PLACES initiative for the upcoming Southwest LRT project (the Green Line Extension), which was sparked when the budget for public art was cut from the project budget. PLACES—Public Art and Community Engagement Southwest—will tell the story, character, heritage and culture of the communities along the Southwest LRT corridor through thoughtful public art and place-based design adjacent to LRT station areas, supported by a mix of public and private funding. Forecast is currently in the process of identifying private sector partners and sponsors interested in participating in this unique civic project on a regional scale.

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Sheridan Mural and Greta McLain

Minneapolis, MN

Together with muralist Greta McLain and silkscreen artist Drew Peterson, Forecast is engaging students at Sheridan Arts Magnet in creating a large, community-driven mural on the exterior of the school. Workshops and programming will teach paint and screen-printing techniques as well as help create connections between Sheridan School and its surrounding Northeast neighborhood.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 

Honolulu Recyclers

Honolulu, HI

Forecast traveled to Hawai’i to join forces with internationally recognized Brazilian street artist Mundano. He brought his unique approach to public art and social engagement to raise awareness about the often invisible people who collect recyclables and trash every day in Hawai’i. Read more about this special artist residency and the impact it had on people’s lives