NEW INITIATIVES

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.

KNOWLEDGE SHARING

Public Art & Healthy Communities Learning Tool
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 late 2018. 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.

CAPACITY BUILDING

GROUNDWORK: An intro to public art consulting
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.

Learn more and apply to participate Groundwork.

ARTIST RESIDENCIES AND DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS

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

2013 Central Identity Project,
Central Neighborhood/ Green Central Community School, Minneapolis, MN

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.

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

Social Resource Library Pop Up

St. Paul, MN

Forecast recently supported the District Arts project focused on the heavily trafficked University/Snelling intersection, a multi-modal hub for cars, pedestrians, light-rail transit and buses in the Union Park District. Through the project, artists Emily Stover and Paul Dickinson developed the Social Resource Library Machine, a pop-up bookmobile that encourage people to take a moment to browse through free books.