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 3 @ 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 City of Las Cruces is pleased to invite artists in Las Cruces to participate in ‘Making It Public’, a free 2-day, in-person training  designed for artists interested in exploring and expanding their public art making practice.

This workshop covers practical and tactical subject matters for artists at all stages of their careers. Session panelists include local and national public artists and administrators.  ‘Making It Public’ is facilitated by Forecast Public Art.

The workshop will take place: 

  • May 4 + 5, 2024, from 10:30am - 4:30pm each day [with a one hour lunch and planned breaks in the morning and afternoon. Lunch and snacks are provided each day]
  • Free of cost for participants!
  • Held in Las Cruces at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave,LasCruces, NM 88001
  • Guest artists and speakers will share information about: community engagement, how to fund projects, and things to think about related to taxes, and include:

Margarita Paz-Pedro

Diana Molina

Workshop Registration Deadline 

April 19, 2024 @ 11:59pm local time

Ask ALICE! Art Smarter, Not Harder workshops are made possible by grant funding from the NM Creative Industries Division.

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