Maria Cristina Tavera

2019 Early Career Research + Development Grantee | $2,500

Express Vehicle Project

Tavera’s Express Vehicle concept provides a space in South Minneapolis for visual art, performance and film, with a focus on artists of color from the community. Tavera will research building a mini-gallery from a repurposed train freight car or 40-foot shipping containers with large windows, with the surrounding plot serving as a creative space. When closed to the public, the art would be visible from the street.


Forecast has been offering early-career artist grants supported by Jerome Foundation since 1989. In addition to funding, Forecast is dedicated to providing professional development and learning opportunities designed to assist emerging artists as they experiment/ hone their practices, and cultivate careers in the field. Forecast mid- and early-career grants are designed to support independent projects, leadership development, professional development, risk-taking, multidisciplinary approaches, and collaborative problem-solving in the field of public art.