Applications Now Open for Groundwork

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR GROUNDWORK

Do you want to build the skills needed to become a public art consultant?

Apply for Groundwork, a four-day intensive offered by Forecast for IBPOC (Indigenous and/or Black, and/or Persons of Color) who are collaborative, innovative leaders interested in the arts, artists, and playing a role in making positive change in communities.

Public art consultants help connect the ideas, energies, and talents of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities and client groups. They facilitate the commissioning of new artwork, identify and curate public artists, produce and manage public events, design and implement community engagement efforts, develop public art plans for public and private developers, and more.

Public agencies and private entities rely increasingly on public art consultants to help guide and facilitate projects and processes to ensure successful public art and placemaking outcomes. Investment in arts and cultural initiatives continue to grow throughout the country, especially in cities and towns addressing arts and place-based development.

Nationally there is a lack of IBPOC in the public art consulting field. Forecast seeks to fill existing gaps in the field of public art consulting through Groundwork, providing opportunities in consulting work and preparing a more diverse network of consultants to help shape the future of public art and place-based work in cities and communities.

This intensive will offer an overview of the public art consulting world, including: types of work available in this field, the broad range of projects Forecast engages, an understanding of how your strengths, perspectives, and skills can be maximized
within the field.

Groundwork is designed for IBPOC with experience in the arts and/or related sectors of the community, including but not limited to: public art, design and architecture, planning, community-engaged arts, community organizing, creative placemaking, economic development, education, environmental justice, health care, housing, native nations, public policy, public systems, youth development.

Following this intensive, participants will have the opportunity to apply to gain paid on-the-ground experience, working on current Forecast projects in 2019. Number of hours will vary by project and participant availability.

Facilitators
Groundwork will be facilitated by Forecast staff in partnership with the following, and others:
  • Sandy Agustin, Creative Facilitator
  • Nicole Crutchfield, Planning Director, City of Fargo
  • Kersten Elverum, City Planner, City of Hopkins
  • James Garrett, Architect and Founder, 4RM+ULA
  • John Gebratetose, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, HUGE Theater
  • Mike Hoyt, Creative Community Liaison, Pillsbury House + Theatre
  • A. Rafael Johnson, Arts-based Evaluator, TerraLuna Collaborative
  • Nathan Johnson, Architect, 4RM+ULA
  • Tisidra Jones, Founder & CEO, Strong & Starlike Consulting, Inc.
  • Pam Korza, Co-Director, Animating Democracy
  • Neeraj Mehta, Director of Learning, McKnight Foundation
  • Satoko Muratake, Landscape Designer and Associate, TEN x TEN
  • Julia Nekessa Opoti, Multi-Media Storyteller and Research Consultant
  • Vidhya Shanker, Research and Evaluation Consultant, Rainbow Research
  • Deanna Rae StandingCloud, Program and Community Network Director, Tiwahe Foundation
  • Caroline Taiwo, Economic Opportunity Program Director, Springboard for the Arts
  • Karis Thompson, Consultant, Community Development + Community Engagement
  • Dudley Voigt, FLOW Artistic Director
  • Harry Waters Jr., Professor of Theatre, Artist, Consultant
  • Eleonore Wesserle, Director of Narrative Strategy, Line Break Media
  • Julio Zelaya, GMRJP Coordinator, ACLU Minnesota
Timeline
This intensive will take place over two weekends in the fall of 2018, in the Twin Cities. Participants are expected to attend all four days (times are approximate):
  • Friday, September 14, 1 – 7 pm
  • Saturday, September 15, 9 am – 3 pm
  • Friday October 5, 1 – 7 pm
  • Saturday October 6, 9 am – 3 pm
Selection Process
Interviews of selected applicants will take place the week of August 6. Notification of the final selection of Groundwork participants will be made by Thursday, August 16.

The application deadline is Monday, July 30 at 4:30 pm CST. To apply click here.

This professional level training is provided free of cost to all participants thanks to a generous Arts Access grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. 

Please contact Forecast if you have any questions about
eligibility, application, or participation at 
consulting@forecastpublicart.org or 651-641-1128.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.