Forecast Public Art and Minnesota’s Regional Arts Councils
Launch Online Public Art Toolkit
Paul, Minn. — Working in partnership with nine of Minnesota’s
eleven Regional Arts Councils, Forecast Public Art launched the
first of its kind Public Art Toolkit on Tuesday, August 16th.
This unique resource was created with artists, organizations,
and cities in mind—people who want to create more pubic art in
their communities but aren’t sure how to get started or manage
the process. For its initial launch phase the toolkit utilizes
three project case studies to introduce the “tools” needed to
make public art happen (ideas, artists, funding strategies, and
several others). It also includes a glossary of public art
terminology, a gallery of public art images and videos, and
other educational resources, including media clippings, contract
templates, and links to other good resources.
Forecast will periodically update the Toolkit content in
response to the needs of its users and work with national
organizations to broaden its reach. Developed by Melinda Childs,
director of Forecast’s Artist Services program, the Toolkit
involved Forecast staff and independent consultant William
Lager. Childs states, “We could not have built this Toolkit
without support from the Regional Arts Councils and Minnesota’s
new Legacy Amendment funding, so our first goal is to serve our
home state. With Minnesota as an example, my hope is that other
regions will become inspired as well.”
Forecast Public Art is a St. Paul-based nonprofit 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 publishes Public Art Review, offers
grants and commissions to Minnesota artists, and provides
professional consulting services.
WHEN: Public Art Toolkit Launched Tuesday, August 16th.
Toolkit can be accessed through Forecast’s website:
www.forecastpublicart.org or through the websites of
participating Regional Arts Councils.
This project was supported by the
Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, Region 2
Arts Council, Lake Region Art Council, Five Wings
Arts Council, Southwest Minnesota Arts & Humanities
Council, East Central Arts Council, Central Minnesota Arts
Board, Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, and the Metropolitan
Regional Arts Council.
activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural
Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature
with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of
Minnesota on November 4, 2008
Legacy Amendment logo available
The Legacy logo is available for those grantees required to
acknowledge funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural
Grantee contracts will specify if
a grant does or does not include Legacy Amendment funding. All
recipients receiving this funding must, by law, incorporate the
following elements into printed and other marketing materials:
- SMAHC logo
Acknowledgment wording detailed in your
Please refer to
your grantee contract for the specific wording
of the required acknowledgement and which logo(s)
to include. Call the SMAHC office for
Links to Legacy logo files:
For more details and formats
visit the Legacy Amendment site.
Here's a chance...
...to make a difference in the arts.
you like to be more
involved in the arts in southwestern Minnesota? The
Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council (SMAHC) is the designated regional
arts council for the eighteen counties of southwest Minnesota.
The organization provides financial and technical assistance to
individual artists and non-profit organizations and schools
interested in sponsoring or producing arts activities.
SMAHC is seeking Grant Panelists
SMAHC is seeking individuals to
serve on one (or more) of the three grant panels to review grant
applications. The grant panels are Arts in
Education & Communities Panel, Individual Artist
or Organization Grants Panel. If you are into the
visual or performing arts, this is an opportunity for you to use
your talent and expertise to help further the arts in SW
The panels meet between 1 and 3
times per year. Panelists should have experience in one
or more of the following areas: an artistic discipline, arts
education, aesthetic decision-making, financial or
organizational management for nonprofit organizations, or
community-based arts projects. Panelists review SMAHC
grant applications and make recommendations to the SMAHC board
based on the criteria for each program.
SMAHC grant review panelists are not eligible to apply
for an Individual Artist grant during their term on the panel.
Interested persons, please contact the SMAHC office at
507/537-1471 or toll free at 800/622-5284, or
READ MORE about serving on
a SMAHC Grant Review Panel
About the SMAHC Board of Directors
Each of the 18 counties has one voting representative on
the Board of Directors. The Board members meet in Marshall on
the fourth Monday evening of the month to make policy and
management decisions and to share ideas and information from
their representative counties. The positions are voluntary, but
travel expenses are reimbursed.
Responsibilities of board members include attending and
playing an active role in all SMAHC meetings; playing an active
role in the administration and development of the organization;
serving on committees; serving as a liaison between SMAHC and
communities in their respective counties; and attending arts
events in other towns as well as their own. A written
description is available on request. Interested individuals may
call (507) 537-1471 or toll free (800) 622-5284, or e-mail
SMAHC for further
All nominations will be reviewed by the SMAHC nominating
committee, which will present a slate to be voted on by the
SMAHC Board of Directors. Nominees must be current members of
SMAHC. Nominations may be made by submitting a letter of
interest and personal background or resume to Southwest
Minnesota Arts & Humanities Council, PO Box 55, Marshall, MN 56258.
READ MORE about serving on the SMAHC Board of
Get involved in advocating for
From time-to-time we ask that our SMAHC advocates take a
stand for the arts and write to their legislators asking them to
support the arts. You can write to your representatives at
any time easily through CAPWIZ. It's easy and
your voice will be heard. Simply click on the link
below. Put in your Zip Code to view your
representatives, and write your letter. That's all there
is to it!