2024 Mid-Career Project Grantee | $10,000
Traditional Connections is a celebration of street art on the East 7th Street Cultural Corridor of Saint Paul. It involves the activation of 5 different out- and indoor spaces where artists from all four directions and various backgrounds connect over graffiti style murals, gallery exhibits, movement performances and live art which are shared with the public. 2024 will be its fifth year – a space for intergenerational, intercultural, interracial artistic expression, community building and innovation.
Thomasina is a self-taught artist and organizer from the Oglala Lakota & Santee Dakota Nations. Specializing in large-scale murals along with organizing a number of events focusing on creating safe spaces for youth and fellow artists to practice their crafts, her work can be found throughout the country. She draws influences from her Oceti Sakowin culture while using art to express thoughts on community, social justice, spirituality and togetherness. Thomasina has worked with numerous institutes and organizations throughout the Twin Cities. She is a member of the international all female paint crew Few & Far Women and co-founder of City Mischief Murals, an all BIPOC artist collective centered on healing through art.
Thomasina TopBear was a Forecast 2021 Mid-Career Project Grantee. and was on a Forecast 2022 Early-Career Project Grant team led by Zamara Cuyún.
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.