Forecast is launching a national initiative to support public artists and public art programs during this pandemic.
They are immediately beginning to offer pro bono consultations and technical support to any public artist or public art administrator based in the U.S. or the Native nations that share the same geography from now until May 31, 2020, as a response to the mounting effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Forecast is acutely aware that — due to the shelter in place orders, protections in place for social distancing, and a wave of closures and cancellations nationwide — public art program administrators and artists are navigating unprecedented circumstances. Their team is ready and well-positioned to help public artists, administrators, and programs respond to these difficult circumstances.
In response, Forecast will be reallocating their own time and resources to provide up to one hour of consultation; where necessary, follow-up consultations may be available.There will be NO fee for these services.
Forecast knows that not all people and communities are experiencing this crisis in the same way or to the same extent. Historic and structural inequities amplify the effects of COVID-19 in communities of color, immigrant communities, and indigenous communities. To counter these disparities, Forecast will place particular emphasis on supporting these communities and will prioritize requests as such.
From: Theresa Sweetland, Executive Director, and
Jen Krava, Director of Programming + New Initiatives