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.

A five week virtual workshop for Minnesota based BIPOC artists/individuals with little to no public art consulting experience aiming to give participants an understanding of how to start on the path to public art consulting. The workshop will consist of recorded and live sessions [all virtual] over the course of 5 weeks, and will engage guest speakers in discussions. Workshop content will be presented through an equity lens with a particular emphasis on giving BIPOC individuals knowledge and resources to explore public art consulting as a career path.

Participants will leave the workshop with the following knowledge:

  • Participants can identify all of the different roles and skills held by a public art consultant.
  • Participants build relationships and connections within the cohort that help advance their professional network and spark new collaborations and opportunities to work across the various  sectors represented.
  • Participants can identify a wide range of resources that they can use after the workshop to develop their public art consultant career paths.
  • Participants leave the workshop with an action plan identifying their next steps to becoming a public art consultant.

Workshop dates:

March 2 - March 30, 2023

Forty-five minute session recordings will be emailed at the beginning of each week, and ninety minute long live conversations will happen 12-1:30pm CT Thursdays.

Workshops will take place through virtual recordings and live conversations using Zoom. Participants should plan on spending one hour on guided self reflection between sessions.

Sliding scale between $0 - 200

Forecast Public Art is seeking an artist with connections to St. Paul's North End/Frogtown neighborhoods/Rice Street to join our Rice Street Artist Team. You will do deep community engagement work for the Rice Street Visioning Study, a Ramsey County funded initiative for the redevelopment of the Rice Street corridor between Pennsylvania Avenue and Wheelock Parkway. These are temporary part-time independent contractor positions. Priority will be given to those who apply by January 2, 2023. Interviews will take place in early January with an ideal start date in mid-January 2023. Your appointment would continue through fall of 2024. 

Duties

Selected artists will:

  1. Work within a four-person Artist Engagement Team, with Forecast and other organizations hired by Ramsey County to host 6 pop-up events and participate in 4 open houses. Together the team will build relationships with neighborhood residents, local businesses and organizations who care about the future of Rice Street to ensure awareness of the upcoming construction work and provide opportunities for feedback and Q & A’s.
  2. Develop and use arts-based tools  to find out more about neighborhood residents' opinions, hopes, and dreams for Rice Street.
  3. Make recommendations to team and county regarding community supported changes to be made.

Compensation

  1. Each member of the team will be paid a total of $10,000 in eight quarterly payments over the life of the project.
  2. Artists will also receive mentoring and support to grow their artistic practice in community and as a group have access to $8000 in funds to use for their engagement activities/materials.
  3. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of this project much of the work will take place on evenings, weekends, and during summer months.

Desired Assets, Skills and Abilities

Selected artists should have:

  1. Familiarity with the Rice Street Corridor including time spent living and/or working in the North End and/or Frogtown neighborhoods.
  2. Experience designing arts-based activities for community engagement. This may include experience in a variety of mediums including organizing, social practice, drawing/painting, photography, writing, etc.
  3. Comfort representing the project team in meetings and community events.
  4. Comfort using computers including: Social Media, email, web browsers, and word processing software.

Artists with experience in and connections to multiple language communities -- including immigrant and refugee communities present in the neighborhoods, are particularly encouraged to apply.

To apply: Fill out our online Application Form!

Questions? Please contact by email Hawona at hawona@forecastpublicart.org

Read Hawona's Bio

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