The digital publication welcome page shows a group of BIPOC folks wearing masks, waving and sitting on their front steps. That image is from a story in the publication. A headline reads, "How Artists Help Drive Better Public Health Outcomes"

We’re embracing change. 

Announcing FORWARD, our new digital publication and conversation series highlighting how artists are partnering with cities, institutions and communities to courageously tackle the vital issues of our time. 

Forecast has always prided itself on being responsive to the needs of artists and society. So when we heard from cities that programs serving artists were on the chopping block, we got busy and developed a new digital publication to advocate for getting creatives back to work. After 31 wonderful years, we are closing our magazine Public Art Review and embarking on our next adventure. Read more about this decision in a letter from Public Art Review editor Karen Olson.


We are proud to introduce FORWARD, a digital publication and conversation series from Forecast Public Art highlighting how artists are partnering with cities, institutions and communities to courageously tackle the vital issues of our time. While 94% of artists have lost income and 63% have become fully unemployed during the pandemic, this publication aims to show decision-makers how artists are critical partners in addressing the more pressing issues in America from public health to public safety to the fate of our climate.

With the launch of FORWARD, we are closing Public Art Review. In early 2021 we will also be adding a section to FORWARD that will build on Public Art Review’s popular Projects We Love. Stay tuned.

FORWARD—which includes associated conversations—is currently focused on how cities, communities, organizations and others can benefit from partnering with and hiring artists to help meet the essential needs of communities. This first edition, focused on public health, was created in collaboration with the University of Florida’s Center for Arts and Medicine and ArtPlace America. Future editions will be released quarterly.

We are inviting policy makers, public health workers, urban planners, architects, artists, city managers, funders and organizations like yours—anyone interested in working to advance justice, health and human dignity—to engage, contribute and learn with us. This publication is free, allowing us to reach people anywhere, without barriers to access.

If you are able, please consider a donation to Forecast to help support this important work.

We hope you will join us in embracing this change.

We’re ready for it. Forward.

portrait of Mindy Fullilove
Watch our first FORWARD publication conversation

How Artists Can Address Public Health Challenges

Esteemed author and social psychiatrist Dr. Mindy Fullilove is joined by Elizabeth Hamby (NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene), and Miguel Angel Vazquez (Riverside County Department of Public Health), in a roundtable on the importance of the work around arts, culture, racial justice, and public health. Facilitated by Mallory Rukhsana Nezam (Justice + Joy).

Recorded on November 11, 2020.