Forecast is thrilled to annouce the 2012 grant recipients!

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Announcing Forecast's 2012 Grantees

Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Grants: Project Grants were awarded to Janaki Ranpura and Sean Kelley-Pegg. Research & Development Grants went to Lucas Koski, Pritika Chowdhry, Sara Hanson, Sean Elmquist, Cecilia Schiller, and Janet Groenert.

East Central Regional Arts Council Grants: Project Grants were awarded to Keith Raivo and the Pine Center for the Arts. Research & Development Grants went to Charles King and Braham Community Rose Garden.

McKnight Foundation Mid-Career Public Artist Grants: The Project Grant was awarded to Randy Walker. Professional Development Grants went to Tamsie Ringler and Harriet Bart.

Thank you to all our applicants for their wonderful proposals, and congratulations to all our grantees!


Dear Friend,

It seems like everyone is focused on place these days -- and for good reason. Places help define our communities and breathe life into urban centers. Public artists play a critical role in creating meaningful places. 

Here at Forecast we promote public art as a dynamic field of inquiry, and few artists exemplify this notion better than Candy Chang. Designer, urban planner, and co-founder of the New Orleans-based studio Civic Center, Candy makes cities more comfortable for people. Her projects combine street art with urban planning and social activism, sparking conversations among strangers and providing people with easy and innovative ways to have a voice. 

This spring Forecast is pleased to bring Candy to the Walker Art Center to talk about her work. Presented in conjunction with Talk-It Hennepin, her lecture is co-sponsored by Hennepin Theatre Trust and the Walker Art Center. We invite you all to join us for this very special event.




Jack Becker
Executive Director

Public Art Review to examine art and food

As the content comes together for the upcoming issue of Public Art Review, “Food for Thought,” we just can’t resist giving you a sneak peak to get your mouths watering. Amongst many facets of the food world, this issue will cover one of the tastiest trends to hit our communities in recent years: food carts.

Yes, food carts, those awesome mobile kitchens were you can get a quick, cheap bite whether you're out for lunch wrapping up a night on the town. Cleveland, Seattle, and New York City are a few communities that have innovative public art programs related to food carts. Make sure to renew or order your subscription to ensure that you get this issue (scheduled for a mid-May release).

Second Annual Green Energy Garden

Forecast is pleased to renew its partnership with The Bakken Museum for the second annual Green Energy Art Garden, an exhibition of whimsical, interactive, and kinetic rooftop sculptures -- all powered by renewable energy.

We’re seeking work to be installed during the 10 Best Days at The Bakken, July 13-22, a free festival that draws thousands of families to this amazing museum. We hope to see an eclectic mix of electrical performances and audience-created projects by five artists or creative teams. Participants will receive $2,500 and technical assistance from Powerfully Green solar energy consultants, Xcel Energy research scientists, and engineers and designers at The University of Minnesota. Artists are invited to a workshop on March 5th, and proposals are due March 15th.

Featured Project New on the Shelves Events + Opportunities


Former Forecast grantee Dave Machacek of Northfield, MN is working on the Five Sculpture Project, featuring large sculptures -- each carved from a giant block of foam by a different artist.

Sculptors Mac Gimse, Ray Jacobson, Juan Jose Palacios, Ed Whilte, and Sharol Nau (another Forecast grantee) are sequentially producing and presenting their latest work atop a plinth in downtown Northfield. Photo by ArtOrg.

If you're looking forward to our next issue of Public Art Review, stop by our library to learn more about food in public art. Check out Lucy + Jorge Orta's Food, Water, Life from Princeton Architectural Press, in which the artistic duo address unversial social delimmas through creative innovations.

Forecast's Public Art Library is open to the public by appointment during office hours. Call or email Amelia to arrange your visit.
  • The NYC Department of Transportation's Urban Art Program seeks temporary, site-specific artwork. Proposals due March 9.
  • Edina, Minnesota's annual call for sculpture closes March 15.
  • Proposals for The Bakken Museum's Green Energy Art Garden are due March 15.
  • The Duluth Public Arts Commission seeks 2-D wall-mounted artwork for their new Public Safety Building by April 30.
  • Forecast presents Candy Chang at the Walker Art Center on Thursday, April 26 at 7pm. Reserve your free ticket now.

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JEROME_LOGOFor over 20 years, Forecast Public Art has received generous support from the Jerome Foundation to fund our grant opportunities for emerging public artists. This support has been significant for the growth and development of Forecast's Artist Services program as well as the hundreds of artists that have received funding throughout the years.

Forecast is also funded by generous support from our partner foundations, as well as the wonderful individuals who support Forecast's work through their contributions. You can join them with a donation in any amount.


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