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.

The Nebraska State Arts Council is pleased to offer Making It Public in partnership with Forecast Public art. This workshop series, comprised of six 90-minute virtual workshop sessions, covers practical and tactical subject matters in facilitating public art, such as stakeholder considerations, community engagement, calls‐for‐artists, equitable selection processes, contracting, and more. Sessions include guest public art professionals, both local and national, adding a depth of knowledge about the field of public art, the profession, and its contemporary issues. An additional pre-recorded video session will be emailed prior to each meeting. 

Who should register?

For 6 weeks, we welcome Nebraska individuals who would like to learn how to facilitate, commission, and manage public art projects and programs. Individuals might be from nonprofit organizations, local and regional arts councils, creative districts, and units of government (town, city, county), or unaffiliated with any of those entities. We also encourage registrations from college students who are interested in public art facilitation and arts administration.

Artists are encouraged to register for weeks 2+3 for topics that are also relevant for individuals who are interested in creating public art or art in public spaces.

Individuals must be 18 years of age or older. Certificate of completion will be provided for any individuals who attend all sessions they sign up for.

Guest speakers are TBA.

Participants will receive materials (short videos and worksheets) to review prior to the weekly live sessions. As the workshop material builds upon itself each week, we ask that you review the materials even if you are not able to attend that week's session. There will not be time to watch the videos and fill in the worksheets in the weekly live sessions.

Workshop Registration Deadline:
            May 5 @ 11:59pm CT

May 8 (9-10:30am CT) Week 1: Welcome and Introduction

May 15 (9-10:30am CT) Week 2: Community Engagement

May 22 (9-10:30am CT) Week 3: RFQ/RFP, Contracts, Insurance, Maintenance

May 29 (9-10:30am CT) Week 4: Public Art Programs

June 5 (9-10:30am CT) Week 5: Public Art Collection Equity Audits

June 12 (9-10:30am CT) Week 6: Conclusion + Parking Lot


The Clark County Public Arts Office is pleased to invite artists in Clark County to participate in ‘Making It Public’, a free 5-week virtual training series designed for artists interested in exploring and expanding their public art making practice, with a focus on public sculpture.

This workshop series, comprised of five 90-minute virtual workshop sessions, covers practical and tactical subject matters for artists at all stages of their careers. Session panelists include local and national public artists.  ‘Making It Public’ is facilitated by Forecast Public Art on the Zoom platform. An additional pre-recorded video session will be emailed prior to each meeting.

Workshop Registration Deadline
           Friday, May 10 @ 5pm PST

Wednesday, May 22 (5-6:30pm PST) Welcome and Introduction

Wednesday, May 29 (5-6:30pm PST) Community Engagement

Wednesday, June 5 (5-6:30pm PST) Funding Your Projects

Wednesday, June 12 (5-6:30pm PST) Managing Your Projects

Wednesday, June 19 (5-6:30pm PST) Conclusion + Lingering Questions

Forecast Public Art seeks 4 individual artists or artist teams who live, work, or have long-term connections to the City of Bloomington, Minnesota, to join the "Bloomington Artist Placemakers," an artist-led engagement team. Those selected will work as part of the placemakers  developing and implementing activities to document community input around the Bloomington Citywide Creative Placemaking Plan. These are temporary part-time independent contractor positions.  Your appointment would begin no later than early June 2024 and continue through September 2024. 


May 1st                                Position Closes 

May 8 -  15                           Interviews 

May 20 - 24                         Offers Extended  contracts signed 

week of June 3                    Orientation   online  Tu/Th 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

week of June 10                   Orientation online    Tu/Th 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

     Selected artists will:

  1. Work as part of the Artist Engagement Team, with Forecast and the City of Bloomington to host 5 pop-up events/or table at community festivals and markets. Together the team will build relationships with neighborhood residents, local businesses and organizations who care about the future of Bloomington to ensure awareness of the Creative Placemaking Plan, provide opportunities for questions and feedback.
  2. Develop and use arts-based tools to find out more about residents' opinions, hopes, and dreams for the future of the arts throughout the City of Bloomington. 
  3. Make recommendations to the team and city regarding community supported input.


  1. Selected  artists  will each be paid a $5,000 stipend over the life of the project.  If preferred, artists  may apply as a team of up to 4 people.  If a team is chosen, the members would share the $5,000 stipend. (Four artists/teams will be chosen.)
  2. Selected artists will also receive training, mentoring, and support to grow their artistic practice in community and as a group have access to $5,000 in funds to use for their engagement activities/materials.  
  3. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of this project much of the work may take place outdoors on weekday evenings, weekends, and during the summer months.

Desired Assets, Skills and Abilities
     Selected artists should have:

  1. Familiarity with the City of Bloomington, including time spent living and/or working in the city.
  2. Experience designing arts-based activities for community engagement. This may include experience in a variety of media including organizing, social practice, drawing/painting, photography, writing, etc. 
  3. Comfort representing the project team at 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—are particularly encouraged to apply.

To apply: Attach a resume or experience statement and complete our online Application Form!
      Questions? Please contact by email Hawona at
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