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 [week 1 saved chat]
May 15 (9-10:30am CT) Week 2: Community Engagement [week 2 saved chat]
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 [week 5 saved chat]
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.


Facilitated by Forecast Consultant Lauren Kennedy

  • May 8 (9-10:30am CT)

    Week 1: Welcome and Introduction

  • May 15 (9-10:30am CT)

    Week 2: Community Engagement

    Mural On The Wall, or simply OTW, is a community-based mural team from Vermillion, SD. The core members consist of Amber Hansen and Reyna Hernandez who have been working together since 2019 and have since facilitated several mural projects in various communities.

    Amber Hansen | she her, hers| is a muralist and visual artist who values socially engaged and community-based artwork, as evidenced in her work throughout the middle United States. Hansen’s studio work is a dialogue between her formal education and her rural upbringing, which helps inform her work as a community facilitator. She is the co-director & co-editor of the feature documentary Called to Walls. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota where she teaches painting, and is the board president of the Community Built Association.


    Hernandez (Ihaŋktoŋwaŋ Dakota | Yankton Sioux | she her, hers) is a painter and muralist who feels a deep connection to her Dakota homelands and indigenous roots. Reyna grew up in southeast South Dakota and received her BFA in Studio Arts and BA in Creative Writing from the University of South Dakota in 2016. Her work explores identity and examines the complexities of her relationship to culture and place in an effort to build connections with local communities. She was recently awarded the 2021 Northern Plains Indian Artist in Residence at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD where she also lives and works. www.reynahernandezart.com

    Mural OTW works with community members to create murals that capture the essence of the communities they are working in. Meetings are open to the public and participation is highly encouraged. It’s an opportunity for the local community to have a say in what goes on the wall and take part in discussions about the things that matter the most to them.



    May 15 (9-10:30am CT)

  • May 22 (9-10:30am CT)


    Week 3: RFQ/RFP, Contracts, Insurance, Maintenance

    Rachael Faillace is a classically trained artist, curator, and public art administrator. She has a Master of Fine Art degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Rhode Island School of Design. Her work experience spans nonprofit and corporate environments in business management, economic development, art curation, and marketing.

    As Administrator of Cultural & Heritage Affairs for the City of Rahway, NJ, she works to provide equitable community access to arts and culture, and to support a thriving artist community in Rahway. Rachael’s vision is the integration of art, culture, and design into all aspects of public life in communities large and small.

    Leslie Iwai is an installation artist and sculptor whose degrees in mathematics, chemistry, and architecture inform her passion to bring unusual connections to the surface for others’ ruminations and inspiration. As the first recipient of the Bemis Community Arts Fellowship (2005), Leslie continues to receive awards, solo exhibits, and residencies with work held in numerous private and public collections. In 2023, Leslie won the commission for a 1% for the Arts permanent public art project for the University of Nebraska at Kearney (installation completed in summer 2024) and celebrated her design “Rabbit Pillow with Thru Hole Eye Socket” receiving a design patent. When not in her studio, Leslie can often be found hunting for treasures at thrift stores or walking on trails near her home in Middleton, Wisconsin.

  • May 29 (9-10:30am CT)

    Week 4: Public Art Programs

    Jamie (Schumacher) Kalakaru-Mava traded the warm beaches of California for the snowy lakes of Minnesota where she found art, community, and more – though it took months for what she found to thaw out completely.
    By day she works with LISC Twin Cities in support of the Twin Cities cultural districts, and  she lives in Bloomington where she also serves as a Creative Placemaking Commissioner.
    By night she’s a visual artist and an accomplished writer. Jamie’s work has been featured in Pollen, Star Tribune, and Minnesota Women’s Press. Her two books It’s Never Going To Work (2018) and Butterflies and Tall Bikes (2021) are narrative nonfictions featuring Minnesota’s creative communities. She performs comedy regularly and is an active member of the Funny Asian Women Kollective. Jamie is also a Loft Literary Center Mirrors and Windows fellow, and her debut children’s book comes out in April.

    May 29 (9-10:30am CT)

  • June 5 (9-10:30am CT)


    Week 5: Public Art Collection Equity Audits

    Jen is Forecast’s Director of Programming. holds master’s degrees in public art & design, and landscape architecture, and approaches her work with a multi-directional lens to investigate contemporary issues in public art, placeknowing, and creative economies. Jen sets the vision for consulting work at Forecast and works on projects invested in community driven research and prototyping. She leads arts and culture planning efforts, facilitates equitable RFQ processes, curates public art projects, develops and facilitates customized training, creates online learning systems and content, develops regional capacity building, manages Forecast’s artist grant program, and leads the Change Lab, which is focused on building equity in public art across the country.

  • June 12 (9-10:30am CT)

    Week 6: Conclusion + Parking Lot


    June 12 (9-10:30am CT)


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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.

  • 2016

    Milestone 1

  • 2017

    Milestone 2


  • 2018

    Milestone 3