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Grants to Minnesota Artists for Career Advancement in the Area of Public Art

Mid-Career Professional Development Grant


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Funding Source
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/16/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of $5,000 to Minnesota individuals for public art career advancement. Funding is intended to support the professional development of artists in a wide range of media and practices. Eligible activities may include conferences, skill development, apprenticeships, residencies, travel, study, and the creation of project models or prototypes, as long as the overall outcome is to advance the applicant’s public art career. Particular emphasis is placed on supporting and amplifying the artistic work of BIPOC and Native artists, LGBTQIA+ artists, womxn artists, immigrant artists, artists from rural communities, and artists with disabilities.

Broadly speaking, public art is artwork in the public realm, regardless of whether it is situated on public or private property, or whether it is supported through public or private funding. It can range from temporary to permanent work, murals to sculptures, interventions, performances, storytelling, iron pours, sound and light projects, dance, and spoken word. It is free and accessible to all members of a community.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility requirements:
- Must be mid-career public artist. Mid-career artists are recognized by their peers and arts professionals, have produced an independent body of work, and have a record of commissions, projects, or exhibitions.
- Applicant must be a resident of Minnesota, having physically lived in the state for 12 of the past 24 months, and remain a resident throughout the project period.
- Applicant’s project must be original and not duplicate previous work. Forecast grants do not support remounts or reinstallations, projects that begin prior to the start of the grant year, or projects that are ongoing.
- No ticket sales or fees may be charged; all events and installations must be freely accessible.
- Organizations and Forecast Public Art staff, Board, and Committee members are not eligible.
- Students in K-12 educational programs or enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are not eligible.
- Projects may be additionally supported by public or nonprofit agencies, or through in-kind sources, however, private commissions are not eligible.
- Former grantees with outstanding final reports cannot be considered for additional Forecast grant funding until all final reports have been submitted and approved.
- An artist is not eligible to receive a project grant from Forecast in two consecutive years. An artist can receive a Research & Development grant in consecutive years, or a Research + Development or Professional Development grant followed by a Project Grant.

Pre-Application Information
Submissions for 2024 grants close October 16, 2023.

Schedule a 30-minute feedback session to meet with staff to discuss grant proposals and receive feedback on draft application materials. Email program staff for more information.

An artist may only apply for one grant from Forecast during an annual grant cycle.


Number of Grants
Two grants

Estimated Size of Grant
$5,000 each

Term of Contract
Grant-Funded Period: January 1 – November 30, 2024

Contact Information
Apply online:

For general questions or to schedule a feedback session with staff, please email

For help submitting an application in English, please contact:

Forecast Public Art
2380 Wycliff Street
Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 641-1128

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