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 Change Lab National Research Fellowships aim to produce new research, data, reporting, and suggestions to advance justice, health, and human dignity in the field of public art in the United States. Each Fellowship is based around a specific research topic, and is open to graduate students, recent college graduates, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, artists, and public art professionals. Fellowships are 6-month long, funded positions. A $5000 stipend will be made to each Fellow in two payments - once upon contract and once upon final delivery of and acceptance of your report. 

Fellows will be thought partners informing Forecast’s work conducting research and providing recommendations that will inform public art policies and practices in the United States and Native Nations that share the same geography. Fellows will go deep into an area of critical importance, and utilize the findings to collectively develop a national public art policy platform that is rooted in justice, health and human dignity for Black, Brown, and Indigenous people.

Fellows will work from their home base and can be located anywhere. A working knowledge of public art and some experience with research in the designated topic area will be important. Research Fellows will have access to Forecast staff and our published resources. The application for our Research Fellowship focused on Indigenous Visibility in public art is open now. The application deadline is September 30, 2021.
Fellows will be required to:

  • Commit to 200 hours over a 6 month period from their home base conducting in-depth research, analysis, and synthesis, and making suggestions on public art policies, programs, and practices as related to the research topic.    
    • Research can take many forms, including interviews, focus groups, listening sessions, and formal surveys, to name a few
    • Attend regular virtual meetings with the Director of Programming [and other members of the organization as needed]
  • Complete administrative tasks relating to the selected research topic
  • Submit a print-ready report on research findings and recommendations 6 months after contract initiation [an example will be provided]
  • Agree that research will be published, fully accredited by Forecast
  • Share research and findings to a wide audience of constituents


Grant Amount: $2,500 - 4 grants
Application Deadline: October 18, 2021
Grant-Funded Period: January 1, 2022 – November 30, 2022
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:
8/26, Thursday 12:00-1:00pm

9/1, Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm  

9/12, Sunday 3:00-4:00pm

Please drop by at 1-1 session at the twin city drop in locations
9/30: 5:00-6:00 / West 7th Mississippi Market (parking lot available)

10/7: Noon-1:00 / Seward Community Coop Franklin Store (parking lot available)

10/9: 3:00-4:00 / Sammy's Avenue Eatery (street parking)


Until Oct 13th (5 days prior to the deadline), you may send in your draft application to Aki Shibata for writing support. aki@forecastart.org 

Grant Amount: $8,000 - 2 grants
Application Deadline: October 18, 2021 (11:59pm)  
Grant-Funded Period: January 1, 2022 – November 30, 2022
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:

8/26, Thursday 12:00-1:00pm

9/1, Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm  

9/12, Sunday 3:00-4:00pm

Please drop by at 1-1 session at the twin city drop in locations9/30: 5:00-6:00 / West 7th Mississippi Market (parking lot available)

10/7: Noon-1:00 / Seward Community Coop Franklin Store (parking lot available)

10/9: 3:00-4:00 / Sammy's Avenue Eatery (street parking)

Until Oct 13th (5 days prior to the deadline), you may send in your draft application to Aki Shibata for writing support. aki@forecastart.org

Grant Amount: $5,000 - 2 grants
Application Deadline: October 18, 2021 (11:59pm)  
Grant-Funded Period: January 1, 2022 – November 30, 2022
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:

8/26, Thursday 12:00-1:00pm

9/1, Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm  

9/12, Sunday 3:00-4:00pm

Please drop by at 1-1 session at the twin city drop in locations9/30: 5:00-6:00 / West 7th Mississippi Market (parking lot available)

10/7: Noon-1:00 / Seward Community Coop Franklin Store (parking lot available)

10/9: 3:00-4:00 / Sammy's Avenue Eatery (street parking)

Until Oct 13th (5 days prior to the deadline), you may send in your draft application to Aki Shibata for writing support. aki@forecastart.org

Grant Amount: $10,000 - 5 grants
Application Deadline: October 18, 2021 (11:59pm)
Grant-Funded Period: January 1, 2022 – November 30, 2022
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:

8/26, Thursday 12:00-1:00pm

9/1, Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm  

9/12, Sunday 3:00-4:00pm

Please drop by at 1-1 session at the twin city drop in locations

9/30: 5:00-6:00 / West 7th Mississippi Market (parking lot available)

10/7: Noon-1:00 / Seward Community Coop Franklin Store (parking lot available)

10/9: 3:00-4:00 / Sammy's Avenue Eatery (street parking)

Until Oct 13th (5 days prior to the deadline), you may send in your draft application to Aki Shibata for writing support. aki@forecastart.org

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