Tara Fahey, with Sofia Padilla
2024 Mid-Career Project Grantee | $10,000
Ritual Lantern Procession on the Midtown Greenway
Tara will build two (2) large bike lantern puppets in South Minneapolis at community hubs, inviting community members to make smaller lanterns at six (6) free public workshops, culminating in a community public ritual procession in late summer of 2024 on the Midtown Greenway.
Tara Fahey is an artist, teacher, and stilt performer. Branches of their art expression include silk screen, costume design, puppetry, paper cuts, lanterns, natural dying, and textile modification. In 2019, through a grant for Puppet Lab from the Jerome Foundation they designed and created a toy theater and immersive spectacle highlighting Rachel Carson, talented writer, Marine Biologist, and Environmental Protector. In 2022, utilizing large scale paper cuts, Tara co-created Micro/Macro, a 16-panel visual ode to Minnesota freshwater ecosystems in Minnesota for Arts and Rec. In spring of 2023, they attended an art residency in Oaxaca,Mexico through the Arquetopia Foundation growing their knowledge of natural dye pigments for use in silk screening. Along with a small cohort of artists throughout 2023 into 2024, Tara completed a year long 500 square foot expansion of the Illuminated Reef for Can Can Wonderland fabricated from recycled materials. More information can be found at tarafahey.com.
Sofía Padilla is a Mexican Theater Artist, Director, Designer and Puppeteer who has participated in over forty national and international theater productions. For television, she was the First Assistant Director of Sesame Street in Mexico City for the 2016 season “Listos a Jugar”. Currently, she works as a touring member of Bread and Puppet Theater and as the Artistic Co-Director of Paradox Teatro, which she founded in 2017 with Davey T Steinman. Paradox Teatro has received three grants from “The Jim Henson Foundation.”
The McKnight Foundation generously enables Forecast to provide Professional Development Grants for mid-career artists seeking to expand their work in the field of public art. 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.