Forecast Public Art activates, inspires, and advocates for public art that advances justice, health, and human dignity. 

Forecast supports artists, partners, and communities throughout the entire process of creating public art that advances justice, health, and human dignity. We partner with decision-makers and stakeholders on arts and cultural planning efforts, and support public artists with funding, training, and opportunities to create partnerships and advance their public art careers. We also help others find, select, curate, fund, and commission public artists. Forecast emphasizes access for artists of color, indigenous artists, and groups that are traditionally excluded. 

Forecast firmly believes that culture and creativity are important drivers of creating a more just society. As one of the country’s first nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing the field of public art, we are called to advocate for and advance public art practices that advance justice, health and human dignity. We are invested in public art that plays a crucial role in creating a sense of belonging, and supporting people to realize their potential and live healthy lives.

What is public art?

Public art plays a crucial role in shaping our culturally vibrant and sustainable communities. Artists of all disciplines are treating public space as a venue for creative experimentation. Public art offers opportunities for community collaboration, for ideas to shape our environment, and to influence change. The definition is always expanding — performance art, interventions, land art, and wrapped buildings are just some examples — and artists are redefining public art every day.

Please help us crowd-source examples!

Thank you for sharing an example of how you or other artists and organizations in your community have been creatively modifying and innovating in-person arts-based activities. We will update the toolkit with your example and send you a new version as it's ready. The examples provided will be incorporated into the toolkit and a new version will be re-uploaded to our website. Forecast will automatically email a revised copy of the toolkit to anyone who downloads it each time it is updated.

Grant Amount: $2,500 - 4 grants
Application Deadline: October 3, 2022 (11:59pm)
Grant-Funded Period: January 1, 2023 – November 30, 2023
Grant Intentions: This grant supports early-career artists in public art related research and development or with the planning phase of freely accessible public art installation or activity in Minnesota. Activities could range from research to planning, community dialogues, site or budget development or model building.

*Please contact the Forecast Grants team if you need help submitting your application at aki@forecastpublicart.org or 651-271-2792

Please register to join at any of the following virtual Artist Support Information Sessions: 

Tuesday, August 16,  5:00 - 6:00pm CT 

Sunday, September 4,  2:00 - 3:00pm CT 

Please drop by for a 1 - 1 support session with Aki Shibata at these Twin City drop-in locations:

Thursday, September 22,  5:00 – 6:30pm CT   East 7th Mississippi Market Co-op 740 7th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55106

Friday, September 23, 2022, 12:00 – 1:30pm CT Seward Co-op 2823 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406


Please join us for these two interactive, virtual Artist Talks with current grantees (Registration links coming soon to our website grants page):  Tuesday, September 13, 5:00 - 6:00 pm CT

Tuesday, September 20, 5:00 - 6:00 pm CT


Until September 28 (5 days prior to the deadline), you may send in your draft application to Aki Shibata for writing support, aki@forecastpublicart.org 

Grant Amount: $8,000 - 2 grants
Application Deadline: October 3, 2022 (11:59pm)  
Grant-Funded Period: January 1, 2023 – November 30, 2023
Grant Intentions: Early Career Artist Project Grants support the creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a mid-career Minnesota-based public artist.


*Please contact the Forecast Grants team if you need help submitting your application in English at aki@forecastpublicart.org or 651-271-2792

Please register to join at any of the following virtual Artist Support Information Sessions: 

Tuesday, August 16,  5:00 - 6:00pm CT  

Sunday, September 4,  2:00 - 3:00pm CT  

Please drop by for a 1 - 1 support session with Aki Shibata at these Twin City drop-in locations:

Thursday, September 22,  5:00 – 6:30pm CT   East 7th Mississippi Market Co-op 740 7th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55106

Friday, September 23, 2022, 12:00 – 1:30pm CT Seward Co-op 2823 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Please join us for these two interactive, virtual Artist Talks with current grantees (Registration links coming soon to our website grants page):  Tuesday, September 13, 5:00 - 6:00 pm CT

Tuesday, September 20, 5:00 - 6:00 pm CT


Until September 28 (5 days prior to the deadline), you may send in your draft application to Aki Shibata for writing support, aki@forecastpublicart.org

Grant Amount: $5,000 - 2 grants
Application Deadline: October 3, 2022 (11:59pm)  
Grant-Funded Period: January 1, 2023 – November 30, 2023
Grant Intentions: This grant supports Minnesota-based mid-career artists seeking to expand or advance their careers in the field of public art. Funding can be used to support the development of a project idea or to participate in activities that will help applicants further their careers as public artists. Professional development activities can range from residencies to apprenticeships, conferences, travel, study, skill development, and the creation of project models or prototypes, as long as the overall outcome is to advance the applicant’s public art career. Please see the definitions of public art and mid-career below. Professional Development grants may be used for the development of proposals for other public or nonprofit agencies; however, commission or client-based work is not eligible.


*Please contact the Forecast Grants team if you need help submitting your application in English at aki@forecastpublicart.org or 651-271-2792

Please register to join at any of the following virtual Artist Support Information Sessions:
Tuesday, August 16,  5:00 - 6:00pm CT  

Sunday, September 4,  2:00 - 3:00pm CT

Please drop by for a 1 - 1 support session with Aki Shibata at these Twin City drop-in locations:
Thursday, September 22,  5:00 – 6:30pm CT  
East 7th Mississippi Market Co-op
740 7th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55106

Friday, September 23, 2022,  12:00 – 1:30pm CT
Seward Co-op
2823 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406


Please join us for these two interactive, virtual Artist Talks with current grantees (Registration links coming soon to our website grants page):
Tuesday, September 13, 5:00 - 6:00 pm CT

Tuesday, September 20, 5:00 - 6:00 pm CT 


Until September 28 (5 days prior to the deadline), you may send in your draft application to Aki Shibata for writing support, aki@forecastpublicart.org

Grant Amount: $10,000 - 5 grants
Application Deadline: October 3, 2022 (11:59pm CT)
Grant-Funded Period: January 1, 2023 – November 30, 2023
Grant Intentions: Mid-Career Artist Project Grants support the creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a mid-career Minnesota-based public artist.

*Please contact the Forecast Grants team if you need help submitting your application in English at aki@forecastpublicart.org or 651-271-2792

Please register to join at any of the following virtual Artist Support Information Sessions: 

Tuesday, August 16,  5:00 - 6:00pm CT 

Sunday, September 4,  2:00 - 3:00pm CT 


Please drop by for a 1 - 1 support session with Aki Shibata at these Twin City drop-in locations:

Thursday, September 22,  5:00 – 6:30pm CT   East 7th Mississippi Market Co-op 740 7th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55106

Friday, September 23, 2022, 12:00 – 1:30pm CT Seward Co-op 2823 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406


Please join us for these two interactive, virtual Artist Talks with current grantees (Registration links coming soon to our website grants page):  Tuesday, September 13, 5:00 - 6:00 pm CT

Tuesday, September 20, 5:00 - 6:00 pm CT


Until September 28 (5 days prior to the deadline), you may send in your draft application to Aki Shibata for writing support. aki@forecastpublicart.org

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