2024 Nebraska Making It Public

The Nebraska State Arts Council is pleased to offer Making It Public in partnership with Forecast Public art. This workshop series, comprised of six 90-minute virtual workshop sessions, covers practical and tactical subject matters in facilitating public art, such as stakeholder considerations, community engagement, calls‐for‐artists, equitable selection processes, contracting, and more. Sessions include guest public art professionals, both local and national, adding a depth of knowledge about the field of public art, the profession, and its contemporary issues. An additional pre-recorded video session will be emailed prior to each meeting.

Dates + Details


May 8 (9-10:30am CT) Week 1: Welcome and Introduction
May 15 (9-10:30am CT) Week 2: Community Engagement
May 22 (9-10:30am CT) Week 3: RFQ/RFP, Contracts, Insurance, Maintenance
May 29 (9-10:30am CT) Week 4: Public Art Programs
June 5 (9-10:30am CT) Week 5: Public Art Collection Equity Audits
June 12 (9-10:30am CT) Week 6: Conclusion + Parking Lot

Guest speakers are TBA and will be updated in the timeline below.

Weekly Zoom Sessions + Materials


Participants should review materials (short videos and worksheets) at the “weekly materials” link below prior to the weekly live sessions. As the workshop material builds upon itself each week, we ask that you review the materials even if you are not able to attend that week’s session.
There will not be time to watch the videos and fill in the worksheets in the weekly live sessions.

Who is Registered

For 6 weeks, we welcome Nebraska individuals who would like to learn how to facilitate, commission, and manage public art projects and programs. Individuals might be from nonprofit organizations, local and regional arts councils, creative districts, and units of government (town, city, county), or unaffiliated with any of those entities. We also encourage registrations from college students who are interested in public art facilitation and arts administration.

Artists are encouraged to register for weeks 2+3 for topics that are also relevant for individuals who are interested in creating public art or art in public spaces.

Individuals must be 18 years of age or older. Certificate of completion will be provided for any individuals who attend all sessions they sign up for.

Speakers:

Facilitated by Forecast Consultant Lauren Kennedy

Molly Rice

Molly Rice

Guest Panelist

Molly Rice (she/her), Artistic Director of RealTime Arts, is a playwright, songwriter & experience designer whose work has been developed and produced in theaters across the country and in NYC (Public Theater/ Joe’s Pub, WP Theater, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Soho Rep/ Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick, HERE, 54 Below, Tisch/ NYU MFA program). Her work has been published and written about in American Theater Magazine, The Dramatist, Dramatics Magazine, Kenyon Review, Play: A Journal,  Indie Theater Now, Clarkson Potter Press, Rusted Radishes: Beirut Literary and Art JournalTripwire Harlot Press, Heinemann Press, and local and national press outlets including the New York Times.

Honors include Brown University’s Weston Prize for Playwriting, Women’s International Theater Festival, Princess Grace Award (finalist), PONY Award (finalist), O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (2-time finalist), nominations for the New York Innovative Theater Awards, the Kesselring Fellowship, Cherry Lane Mentor Project, the Pittsburgh Mayor’s Award for Public Art, the Carole R. Brown award, and Global Pittsburgh’s Organizational Diversity Champion award.

She has developed numerous plays at institutions of higher education and was a resident artist in New Work Initiatives at Montclair and Pace Universities with director Rachel Chavkin (HadestownNatasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812) and composer Orion Johnstone. She’s enjoyed residencies at the Orchard Project, Tofte Lake, Bard College, P73/Yale, and a 3-time resident of the Missoula Colony, and in 2024 will be in residency at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy. Projects beyond RealTime include Futurity: A Musical by the Lisps (book co-writer, additional text and story) at ART (Cambridge, 2012) and Soho Rep (Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Musical, 2016); and THE SAINTS TOUR, a site-specific traveling play that has appeared in neighborhoods across the country since 2009. Molly currently teaches in the Point Park Writing for Screen and Stage MFA program; her MFA is from Brown University, under Paula Vogel.

Witt Siasoco

Witt Siasoco

Guest Panelist

Witt Siasoco has been actively engaged in the intersection of the arts and civic processes through a variety of roles – as an artist, graphic designer, and arts educator. Previously Siasoco was selected by Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis as an artist for Creative Citymaking, a year-long collaboration between artists and City planners to develop innovative approaches for addressing the long-term transportation, land use, economic, environmental, and social issues facing Minneapolis. Throughout his career, Siasoco has developed several community-engaged projects including This House is Not for Sale, a screenprinting based public art project with Poetry for People’s Diver Van Avery that received an Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Award; Common Ground, a roaming series of 40 hand painted and screenprinted “blankets” installed as a platform for conversations; and Carry On Homes Northeast, an art installation and series of engagements focused on immigrant involvement in the Census 2020.

Amanda Lovelee

Amanda Lovelee

Guest Panelist

Amanda Lovelee is a civic and environmentally-focused artist who works within government and cross-sector collaborations. She creates bright, joyful, engaging, and complex large-scale public art projects, partnering with arborists, planners, biologists, water resource managers, and scientists. Her practice is public and my projects sit at the intersection of science, connection, and system change. She uses empathy as a tool to shift conversations that invite people into dreaming about shared futures with the city, nature, and each other. Lovelee makes the invisible visible – translating large government

and science ideas, gathering communities’ stories, reimaging data into spaces and tools for connection. Lovelee holds an MFA in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and BFA in Photography from University of Hartford and has received funding from ArtPlace America, Jerome

Foundation, Knight Foundation, McKnight Foundation, MN State Arts Board, Salzburg Global Seminar and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently a 2022/23 McKnight Visual Artist Fellow and Design for Civic Change Fellow at the Center for Urban Pedagogy.

Questions?

contact Jen Krava
jenk@forecastpublicart.org

About Forecast Public Art

A nonprofit organization based in Saint Paul and working nationally, Forecast partners with artists and communities throughout Minnesota and the country to activate, inspire, and advocate for public art that advances justice, health, and human dignity. Forecast’s team partners with decision-makers and stakeholders on arts and cultural planning efforts, and supports public artists with funding, training, and opportunities to create partnerships and advance their public art careers. They also help others find, select, curate, fund, and commission public artists. Forecast emphasizes access for artists of color, Indigenous and/or Native artists, and groups that are traditionally excluded.