Forecast Public Art and R2AC to Present Public Art 101 Workshop

Who: City Managers, Parks & Recreation Works, Community Developers, Non-Profit Developers, Library Directors, and Artists

What: Public Art 101 Workshop

When: April 27th, 9am – 12:30pm

Where: County Administration Building, County Board Room, 701 Minnesota Avenue, Bemidji


Are you interested in having pubic art in your community? Are you wondering how to involve artists in placemaking and public improvement projects? Are you an artist looking to learn the basics of public art? The Region 2 Arts Council in partnership with Forecast Public Art invite you to learn about the exciting field of public art and how you can get started with your own art projects. Forecast presenters will review recent national and international public art projects, address the economic benefits of public art and provide a step-by-step guided tour through the process of developing a public art project. Public art can be political and controversial and this workshop will address the potential of controversy and how to turn it into a constructive dialog in your community. This introductory workshop will provide you with opportunities to meet with others in your region that are interested in public art, connect you with resources as you explore public art possibilities, and provide inspiration to get your planning started!

About Forecast Public Artworks:

Forecast Public Art is a St. Paul-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen and advance the field of public art locally, nationally and internationally by expanding participation, supporting artists, informing audiences and assisting communities.

Forecast works towards its mission through three key programs:

  • Public Art Review is the world’s leading journal critically exploring contemporary public art. Created in 1989, the Review has grown from a black and white newspaper format with a few hundred readers to a glossy 100-page magazine with approximately 10,000 readers in all fifty states and twenty foreign countries.
  • Our grant program competitive grants each year to Minnesota artists. Grants range in size from $2,000 (for research and development) to $7,000 (for public projects).
  • Our consulting practice helps create public art by providing project management for community groups, organizations, government agencies, and individual artists seeking to enhance public space.