APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR GROUNDWORK
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.
- 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
- 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
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.
eligibility, application, or participation at consulting@forecastpublicart.
Forecast’s 2018 Mid-Career Project Grant is open for applications
This grant supports the creation of a new publicly accessible temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a Minnesota-based mid-career public artist. Projects may be in any form or discipline, including performance, dance, storytelling, photography, film, sculpture, painting, etc. The deadline to apply is July 18, 2017.
More information is available at http://forecastpublicart.org/mcknight-project-grant/
Starting June 15, the application will be available here: https://forecastpublicart.submittable.com/submit
Two Stage Application Process
Stage 1: RFQ
- RFQs are due on July 18, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.
- Applications will be accepted via the Submittable online application platform. Click here to apply. (Application will be open beginning June 15, 2017).
- Complete applications include: a narrative (limit 650 words), a 2-page resume, and work samples.
- Read application details. Please note that failure to follow application instructions may result in your application being deemed ineligible. Email email@example.com with questions.
- A panel of public art professionals will select 5 finalists, each of whom will be provided with a $1,000 stipend to support the preparation of a presentation and proposal that will be shared with the selection jury in December 2017.
- Applicants will be notified of finalist decisions by early September.
Stage 2: Finalist Presentations
- An informational meeting will be held for finalists in early fall and past proposal examples will be shared with finalists.
- Presentations: Finalists will be required to prepare a 20-minute project presentation to give the panel a detailed and accurate indication of the work. Presentations can be made utilizing digital imaging programs such as Auto Cad or Sketch Up. They can be illustrated on boards or be presented as physical models or maquettes. Materials may not be returned to finalists.
- Printed Materials: Finalists will be expected to prepare a printed proposal including at minimum a project description, budget, timeline, and a site approval letter.
- Site approval must be secured by the date of finalist presentations (written documentation of site approval is required). It is recommended that applicants begin a discussion with site owners at the RFQ stage.
- Quality and Clarity of Proposal
- Value of Project to Artist’s Development
- Benefit of Project to the Community (artistic quality, civic engagement, beautification, etc.)
- Quality of Work Samples
- More info about eligibility requirements and grant terms.
2018 will be the seventh year that this grant will be awarded. Past awardees include:
- Randy Walker, Filling the Void
- Melisande Charles, Post Offices: An Endangered Species
- Mankwe Ndosi, Soundtrack of Phillips
- Seitu Jones, ARTARK
- Marcus Young, Don’t You Feel It Too
- Tuesday, June 20, 2017
- 6-7 p.m.
- Forecast Public Art, 2300 Myrtle Avenue, Suite 160, St. Paul, MN 55114
- RSVP HERE
Feedback Meetings: Limited 30-minute feedback meetings are available with Forecast staff. Dates to be announced. Applicants should come ready with materials they would like reviewed by staff.
Artist Services staff are available to answer questions and to assist applicants in navigating the application process. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jen Krava at 651-641-1128 x111.
This grant opportunity is generously funded by The McKnight Foundation.
Looking for more grant opportunities to help further your career? Public Art is a great way to engage the community in the arts and there are plenty of opportunities for artists and individuals interested in this type of work.
Forecast Public Art has some pretty good grant opportunities for Minnesota-based emerging and mid-career artists in the development and creation of new public artwork in Minnesota.
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$5,000 to support public art-related professional development for MN-based mid-career artists. Proposed work can assist with the development of a project idea or involve participating in activities that will help applicants further their careers as public artists nationally (residencies, apprenticeships, conferences, travel, study, creation of project models or prototypes.
$2,500 to support emerging 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.
$8,000 to support the creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by an emerging Minnesota-based artist. This grant is funded through the Visual Arts category of the Jerome Foundation. Projects may be in any form or discipline, including performance, dance, storytelling, photography, film, sculpture, painting, etc., as long as there is a visual focus.
Please closely review eligibility criteria before submitting an application. Email email@example.com questions.
Forecast Artist Services are made possible in part, by generous support from the Mcknight Foundation and Jerome Foundation.