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.

Minnesota Parks Artist-in-Residence Pilot Program 

Artist-in-Residence position

Timeline: 12 months (August 2024 to August 2025) 

Time commitment: average 20 hours/week (part-time)

Stipend: $40,000 

Materials budget: $14,000

Location: A Minnesota park or a park system

Deadline to apply: July 20, 2024, 11:59 p.m. 

Information session: Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 4:00 p.m.


What is the program?

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division, the Metropolitan Council Metropolitan Regional Parks, and the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission are partnering with Forecast Public Art to launch Creating Belonging in Minnesota Parks -- Artist Residency in the Parks Pilot Program in parks across Minnesota exploring community and belonging. The selected Minnesota-based artists-in-residence will research and engage with a park, trail or park system and its communities and then use that research to develop new work(s). Unlike traditional residency opportunities, this program focuses on how artists can serve as partners to and ambassadors for the parks and contribute not just art, but ideas.

The goal of the Minnesota Parks Artist-in-Residence Pilot Program is to enhance a sense of welcoming and belonging to park users. We hope that this pilot helps foster deeper community engagement and relationship-building in state and regional parks, improves access to Minnesota parks and trails, and increases collective appreciation for park uses, outdoor recreation, and natural resources, especially in underserved communities.

What is a ‘pilot’?

A pilot is a program attempted for the first time. We hope to learn from our process together. We will gather information that may help us improve future programs. To a large extent, a pilot is a learning opportunity for everyone involved.

What is the Minnesota Parks Artist-in-Residence opportunity?

This is a paid opportunity for artists that aims to address unique opportunities and challenges around creating belonging in our public parks. Unlike traditional residency opportunities, this pilot program focuses on how artists can serve as partners to and ambassadors for the parks and contribute not just art, but ideas. This residency is modeled on artist residencies in government, which embed artists into public systems. Embedding an artist in a park or a park system will allow the selected artists to apply their own creative perspectives and skills to foster a greater sense of belonging. All selected artists will be a part of a cohort of 9, and will meet with other artists regularly to foster a sense of community and to share ideas. 

Legacy funds dedicated to coordination among partner agencies will fund artists’ time, and project materials/expenses. The artwork will be determined in collaboration between the artist and the host site. Artists will also build connections in the local community and could collaborate with other parks in the region. Artistic outputs may take the form of community conversations, music/dance/theater/performance, ephemeral installations, 3D sculpture, projection/lighting projects, and other temporary works. Artists will spend an average of 20 hours each week from July 2024 – June 2025 as the Artist-in-Residence.


The parks will be involved in the following:

  • Serve as host site and primary connector for the artist 
  • Provide clear information re: space access and lodging (where available) 
  • Provide site onboarding/orientation for the artist 
  • Establish a primary contact for artist 
  • Maintain dialogue with the artist around proposed ideas
  • Communications around artist’s projects and/or events


Artists are expected to: 

  • Engage with the park during the majority of the 12-month residency (Engagement and availability of park staff will differ by site. Artists will negotiate this with their host site.)  
  • Produce artistic outputs while in the residency (Please note that this is not a traditional public art residency. Artworks can take a wide variety of forms including, but not limited to, community engagement events, performances, or sculptures)
  • Participate in cohort activities including: onboarding, virtual check-ins, evaluation and feedback sessions
  • Provide own transportation to/from sites
     

Guiding Values of the Project

Curiosity, Belonging, & Discovery - These are the values that guide the activities of the Creating Belonging in Minnesota Parks program. Participants in the program will be asked to commit to these values. 

  • Curiosity: a genuine curiosity around both the opportunity, the sites and the systems
  • Belonging: an interest in exploring the physical and abstract concepts of place and belonging 
  • Discovery: a desire to investigate group and individual processes, materials, etc. as a path to the discovery of news things and ways of knowing 


Artist Qualifications

Required

  • Minnesota resident 
  • Have a minimum of two years of experience in at least one arts discipline and have a grasp of the principles and values that guide the project
  • Experience working in and with communities 
  • Communicate effectively in English (say more about this) 
  • Available to participate in residency for the entire 12 month period 
  • Access to reliable transportation to access the site(s)

Desired

  • Experience creating artworks/programs in public space 
  • Demonstrated ability to work across ages, abilities, & cultures 


Participating Parks

Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Sites 

Metropolitan Regional Parks System Sites

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources System Sites 

Application Requirements

  • Artist Statement (up to 200 words) 
  • Artist Bio (100 words) 
  • Three work samples           
    • Upload images, text, or audio files. Please only link URLs to Video sample works

     

  1. At least one work sample should clearly demonstrate your work in community and/or public space
  2. Attach a one page Work sample list that includes titles of the works, dates created, descriptions 

Essay Questions

  • How have you historically involved communities in your practice? (200 word limit)
  • What is your relationship to: land, Minnesota, and parks? (200 word limit)
  • What, in particular, appeals to you about this program? (200 word limit)
  • How do you like to collaborate? (200 word limit)

Park Preferences 

Candidate will indicate top 3 Park sites     

When ranking, please consider your ability to access the site year-round

  • Write 1-3 sentences about why each of your top 3 sites are of interest to you

 

FAQs

Can I partner with another artist? 

Yes, you are able to apply as a collective or team. To do so, please select the option for team in Submittable.

When will cohort meetings take place? 

We will poll the group of selected artists to see what days/times work best. We will try to work with everyone’s schedules to find the most convenient time for all.

Will transportation be covered?

 No. You should expect to cover transportation costs from your artist stipend. 

Can I stay overnight at the park?

Possibly. Some sites have camping and/or lodging available.  In their descriptions in this call, parks have indicated whether they have lodging accommodations. You may speak further with your selected park or site about this.

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For additional questions, please email hawona@forecastpublicart.org

These questions will help our team at Forecast Public Art draft the application for artists so they can select a park that is of interest to them. The more information you can provide about what your park is like, the better the selected artist will understand the site and context. Thank you!

Director of Planning + Engagement | Forecast Public Art 

Status: Full-time (40 hrs/wk)
Compensation: $100,000 – 110,000 DOQ; 100% health, 100% dental + PTO

Location: This is a remote position with an organizational office based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Supervisor: Executive Director
Posted: May 15, 2024
Applications Due: June 12, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT


Forecast is a national leader in community-driven public art planning, creative placemaking planning and cultural planning. We are looking for a Director of Planning + Engagement who can lead this work, and who holds a unique vision for the future of this practice. We seek a Director with experience directing successful public art planning, creative placemaking planning and cultural planning, and a proven track record of using methods to center community voice and community power in the co-design of these plans.

In this role, the Director will manage and develop Forecast’s planning portfolio, manage/lead planning and engagement projects, collaborate on the development of programming and learning opportunities, as well as lead competitive applications for new RFP opportunities. 

The Director will manage a team of national consultants, including a combination of  planning, engagement, artist and local consultants for on-the-ground projects. In addition to planning and engagement projects, the Director will oversee asset mapping activities and community-led initiatives, and will collaborate with the Director of Learning to design learning and training opportunities. The Director will be a national thought leader in cross-sector arts-based community planning, design and community development theory and practice, public speaking, writing, and will propose and participate on panels, conferences, and similar events. 


WHO WE ARE
Forecast activates, inspires, and advocates for public art that advances justice, health, and human dignity. We envision a future where all people feel a sense of belonging, realize their potential, and live healthy lives by embracing culture and creativity as drivers of equitable change.

      Our Values

  • We believe in just distribution of wealth, opportunity, and privilege.
  • We believe in aligning with others fighting for equity, justice, and human dignity.
  • We believe in environmentally and culturally sustainable policies and practices.
  • We believe in relationships of mutual investment between communities, sectors, disciplines, and professions.
  • We believe in inclusive practices that invite and honor the full expression of people and place.
  • We believe that creating an equitable future requires bold imagination.

Public art plays a crucial role in shaping culturally vibrant and sustainable communities. Public art offers opportunities for community collaboration, for ideas to shape our environment and to influence change. It is our value at Forecast Public Art that our staff, board members, grantees, applicants and panelists reflect the racial, cultural, gender, artistic, range of physical ability, and geographic diversity of our country, and the stories and perspectives of the artists and communities we serve through public art. Those from BIPOC and indigenous communities, and groups that are traditionally excluded, are strongly encouraged to apply.


WHO YOU ARE
You are interested in and connected to our mission and values. You have experience in managing and writing cultural plans, public art plans, and creative placemaking plans. You are skilled at overseeing multiple projects at a time, meeting client needs and expectations, and managing a team.  You take pride in working collaboratively and creating a culture of reciprocal, constructive feedback. You excel at connecting with people from all different backgrounds. You are an effective, clear communicator who enjoys and is good at listening to and understanding a client’s needs as well as setting functional boundaries to help ensure the success of projects. You value relationships and are personable and friendly. You enjoy collaboration and creative processes. You have strong skills in project management, experience in facilitation, working with artists and developing community engagement strategies, and are familiar with the field of public art and creative placemaking in the geopolitical U.S. You are a thought leader and are talented at public speaking, presenting, and writing about your work.


WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING

  • Provide direction on and oversee Forecast’s portfolio of planning and engagement projects.
  • The portfolio comprises approximately $1,500,000 in annual revenue, and consists of 25 - 30 projects at any given time.
  • Project leadership: manage new and existing projects, make decisions across projects and programs to ensure alignment with Forecast’s goals, oversee project design and activities, including overseeing budgets, and applying change, risk and resource management to programs. Bring together collaborators, maintain excellent client relations and client retention.      
    • Oversee, lead, manage, coordinate, and develop projects – both client based and Forecast initiated – to support Forecast’s strategic direction and mission while simultaneously meeting client goals. 
    • Lead or oversee planning lead on all government-related arts and cultural planning with a focus on participatory, co-design practices.
    • Develop and lead processes that produce equitable public art plans, including managing a consulting team, cultivating client relationships and drafting comprehensive plans.
    • Oversee all artist-led community engagement teams for the organization.
    • Lead asset mapping facilitation teams on a variety of projects.
    • Lead creative placemaking initiatives, which may include creative placemaking master plans, and community projects.
    • Hire, onboard, and manage subcontractors on all planning and engagement projects across a variety of geographies including rural communities,tribal communities,small towns,and large cities. This includes community engagement specialists and artists to work on engagement-related activities.
    • Collaborate in designing learning and capacity building opportunities, convenings, training institutes and public programming for the field.

     

  • Project management to deliver consistent, high-quality results for clients.     
    • Provide direct consultation and  technical assistance to clients. 
    • Develop project scopes, vision, infrastructure, and team.
    • Contract projects, drive project timelines, track and manage project budgets, manage personnel,

     

  • Business development under the planning portfolio.      
    • Develop strategies to expand the planning portfolio.
    • pursue leads
    • research RFP opportunities and develop responses and lead submissions to RFPs
    • Develop potential new client relationships
    • onboard new clients

     

  • Thought leadership: Participate as a national thought leader in cross-sector arts-based community planning, design, and community development theory and practice to promote Forecast’s work and goals, and grow/support relationships across sectors.     
    • apply critical thinking and thought leadership across the portfolio of planning projects
    • collaborate with the Forecast staff to bring consulting learnings back into Forecast’s other program areas
    • present and write about planning and engagement work including proposing and participating on panels, in conferences, and similar engagements and events. 

     


We work to leverage our program areas against each other. While a majority of your work will be client-facing as part of our consulting services, you will engage with the other parts of the organization as well. For example – you may lead a project for a client, write an article about it to include in an upcoming issue of our digital publication, Forward, utilize what you’ve learned through the project to develop a module for one of our workshops, share that with our Change Lab Research Fellows to supplement their work, or present the project at a conference.

We are highly independent and do not work in a centralized office. You will be working remotely. We spend a lot of time on video and phone calls, and doing work on computers. We practice agility and support one another with resources and information. We foster a high performing, independent culture, where employees are accountable for their actions and have the independence to make decisions regarding their work. 

This role will require approximately 15%  travel to communities of all sizes for projects. 


WE THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING SKILLS

  • Highly self-motivated, achievement-oriented, and possess the ability to work individually and collaborate with teams.
  • Ability to use existing practices as guidelines to determine work methods while working independently and resolving most problems without assistance.
  • Ability to zoom in and out, solving technical problems in projects while also keeping in mind larger field visions and organizational mission.
  • Ability to manage decision making and prioritization across projects.
  • Excellent client management experience and project management skills
  • Writing and editorial skills
  • Excellent and confident communication — written, in person, on the phone, and via web conferencing. Fluency in languages outside English is a plus.
  • Savvy on the computer — including Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with Adobe Suite, Quickbooks, Sales Force, Harvest and TimeSheets is a plus.
  • Comfortable with contract documents — ability to read and interpret complex documents and explain in layperson’s terms.
  • Strong problem solving skills – asks questions to discover information and underlying issues, then rolls up sleeves and gets things done.
  • Detail oriented, able to prioritize workload and self-manage.
  • Positive, open-minded attitude — we enjoy working across regions and cultures and hope you do too.
  • Good with math — strong ability to calculate figures and amounts.
  • Punctual, quick-learning self-starter who works well in a fast-paced environment and is customer service oriented.
  • Facilitation, with a specific emphasis on trauma-informed facilitation highly desired
  • Collaboration - we work across programs on many projects, and collaborate with each other, contractors, and clients.


EXPERIENCE and QUALIFICATIONS — Required

  • Bachelor’s  degree and minimum of 5 years of experience working in planning, public art, creative placemaking, arts and culture strategy, design, development or cultural policy.
  • At least 3 years experience overseeing the development of public art plans, creative placemaking plans and/or cultural plans.
  • Experience leading creative community engagement work and centering community members in planning processes.
  • Confident and comfortable working with government entities, presenting to commissions and at public meetings, working with elected officials, familiarity with government protocols and similar environments.
  • Skilled at giving presentations.
  • Familiarity working with artists.
  • Skilled at client work, managing subcontractors and support staff.
  • Ability to complete projects in a timely and efficient manner while delivering high-quality, consistent results for clients.
  • Strong communication and problem solving skills, including excellent verbal and written communication, grammar, editing, and customer service skills.
  • Strong background in project administration and management, client facing work, proposal and report writing, and budget oversight.
  • Ability to adapt to changing situations and revise strategies as needed.
  • Commitment to Forecast’s mission and strong ethical conduct.
  • Ability to synthesize visual information and create digital information.
  • Experience determining stakeholders, leading teams and team building.
  • Ability to advocate for artists and clients and work with diverse constituencies.
  • Experience facilitating meetings, note taking and synthesizing information to incorporate in plans or provide feedback to artists and clients.
  • Experience with MS Suite, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Google Drive.
     

EXPERIENCE and QUALIFICATIONS — Preferred

  • Masters degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Design, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Public Policy, Public Administration, or related fields.
  • Marketing and website design experience.
  • Experience in survey creation and analyzing and presenting results.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design and  map making.
  • Fluency in languages outside English


 

OUR WORK ENVIRONMENT

Forecast is a distributed, remote team, with a base in St. Paul, MN, and staff and partners located throughout the country. Staff members work fairly independently and come together to collaborate. In this role you will remain fairly independent, manage a distributed team of consultants, and also have the support of the Forecast staff. Much of this role can be completed virtually yet we do anticipate approximately 15% time traveling.


HOW TO APPLY: 

  • Submit a letter of interest and resume by June 12, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT to: https://forecastpublicart.submittable.com
  • First round of interviews will take place in the afternoons of Tuesday, June 18 and Thursday, June 20.
  • Second round of interviews will take place if necessary
  • Candidates notified by June 30, 2024
  • Expected start date is August 1, 2024



  Completed applications shall include: (1) contact information, (2) letter of interest, and (3) resume.
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