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Making it public

Join Forecast Public Art MAKING IT PUBLIC, a one-day intensive workshop to help artists make public art. Free to all participants.

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Making it Public is a free, 1 day intensive workshop designed for artists of any discipline [screen printing, sculpture, community engagement, painting and more] who are interested in exploring how to make their artwork public. Eligible applicants are individual artists new to working in public art. Preference will be given to artists based in northeast Minnesota, rural Minnesota and the Native Nations in Minnesota.

Making It Public offers:

  • Guest presentations from local artists and public art professionals
  • Discussions on the field, profession, history, and contemporary issues in public art
  • Explorations of your professional practice and possibilities in public art
  • An opportunity to apply after the workshop for seed money for a self-initiated public art project

Workshop Details

  • Saturday, March 30, 2019. Participants are expected to attend the whole day.
  • Workshops will cover topics including site analysis, community engagement, permitting, conservation, proposal preparation, project management, and project ideation.
  • Facilitated by Jen Krava and Candida Gonzalez from Forecast with guest speakers.
  • Workshops will take place at MacRostie Art Center in downtown Grand Rapids.
  • The workshop is a product of and facilitated by Forecast Public Art with generous support from the Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission and is offered at no cost to the participants.

Participant Qualifications

  • Artists of all media forms are welcome to participate.
  • Limit 20 participants.
  • Participants must commit to the full day.
  • Participants must be new to working in public art.
  • Preference will be given to artists based in northeast Minnesota, rural Minnesota and the Native Nations in Minnesota.
  • Forecast staff will notify all participants whether or not they have been accepted to participate in the workshop.

Click here to apply!

Application deadline has been extended to will close on March 8, 2019 at 5pm.

There are still spots available — consider applying and passing along to others who might be interested.

An additional opportunity has also been added to the workshop: The Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission is offering up to $2.000 for mini-projects. Funding applicants must first attend this workshop in order to be considered for funding to support projects this upcoming summer and fall. 


Please contact Candida Gonzalez at candida@forecastpublicart.org with questions. This workshop is made possible by the Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission.

Calling all poets

April 1 Deadline to Submit Original Poetry for Minnesota Voices 

April 1st is the deadline for area poets to submit an original poem which may be selected for reading at “Minnesota Voices” on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at noon at the Wadena County Museum as part of National Poetry Month.  Between 10 to 15 poems will be selected by the panel.  The guidelines for submission are as follows:  Only poems written by the poet will be considered.  The poem should be no more than 30 lines.  The poem may be in any form:  rhymed, free verse, prose, rap, etc.  The poem may have been previously published. The poets selected will be invited to read their poem at the event on April 18, 2019.  You are not required to be present in order to be selected.  Instead, the poet may elect to have the poem read by a member of the panel.  Submissions should include your name, address, email, the title of the poem, and the complete text of the poem.  Please indicate whether you will be present to read the poem on April 18, 2019.  Submissions must be postmarked or received by April 1, 2019 to be eligible.  Poets selected will be notified by April 5, 2019. Submit via email to:  603wchs@arvig.net or mail to:  Wadena County Historical Society, 603 Jefferson Street North, Wadena, MN 56482

Minnesota Voices is a free program featuring Minnesota writers and their work. It is held the third Thursday of each month from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Springboard Work of Art Training

Business Skills for Artists

Springboard’s Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists is a professional development curriculum designed to teach business skills to artists in all disciplines — visual, performing and literary arts. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is offering this training right here in our region. Take advantage of this opportunity and register today! Attend as many sessions as you choose.

Ten workshop sessions will be offered over three weekends at our office in Warren. Springboard for the Arts well trained staff from Fergus Falls will lead most of the workshops. Learn valuable business skills that will move your artistic business to a new level. 

  • Friday, Feb 15, 6 to 8:30PM Career Planning: Session 1 & Intro to the series 
  • Saturday, Feb 16, 9AM to 3:30PM Portfolio Kit, lunch then Record Keeping
  • Friday, March 8, 6 to 8:30PM Pricing
  • Saturday, March 9, 9AM to 3:30PM Social Media/Marketing, lunch then Legal Considerations 
  • Saturday, April 13, 9AM – 3:30PM Funding, Grant writing, & Business Plan Essentials

Sessions will take place at the NWMAC Office Conference Room 109 S Minnesota St, Warren

For $30.00 participants can choose to attend as many workshops as you’d like up to all ten workshops. Even if participants can only attend one workshop the cost is still $30.00 because that covers the cost of receiving a $20 workbook plus food.

This will be a fun informative class with networking around pizza suppers on Friday nights and soup/sandwich lunch on Saturdays. Food is part of your registration! The more workshops you attend the more value you receive. This workshop series costs over $200 if participants were to attend the sessions in the Twin Cities or other parts of our state. Funding from The McKnight Foundation to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is greatly reducing the cost of these workshops!

You must register at Eventbrite here or by calling our front desk at 218-745-6733. Contact us with questions at director@nwartscouncil.org or 218-745-9111.

MCKnight Fellowships for Media Artists

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN UNTIL MARCH 11

2019/20 Application Guidelines
DEADLINE IS MARCH 11, 2019 AT 5PM
  GUIDELINES FAQ

The McKnight Foundation’s Arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Established in 1981, the McKnight Artist Fellowships provide annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in ten areas. Eight arts organizations oversee the administration of the fellowships and structure their own programs to respond to the unique challenges of different creative disciplines.

The McKnight Arts program supports the conviction that the arts cannot flourish or enhance community life without the ideas, energy, and drive of individual artists, and that artists cannot make these contributions without unfettered creative time.

The goal of the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Media Artists program is to identify talented Minnesota media artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage beyond emerging. The fellowship program supports established artists by providing significant financial assistance, by creating opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, by organizing a public discussion panel featuring the fellows, by providing assistance to attend a professional conference in New York or Los Angeles, and by offering four free classes through FilmNorth during the fellowship year.

For questions about the fellowships or the application process, contact Eric Mueller, Program Administrator, FilmNorth, 651-644-1912, emueller@myfilmnorth.org.

Application Guidelines

There will be a “How to Apply” workshop on January 29, 2019, from 6:30-8:30 (details in the Guidelines.) In the meantime, you can watch the 2018 How to Apply Workshop.