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Forecast awards new public art grants topped at $50,000

Posted by: Mary Abbe under Art, Photography, Awards, Funding and grants, Minnesota artists Updated: August 29, 2012 - 3:50 PM

Fourteen Minnesota artists have received grants from Forecast Public Art, a St. Paul-based non profit organization, ranging in size from $2,000 to $50,000 for public art projects throughout the state. The $50,000 award is a new program designed to boost the resumes and support personal projects of mid-career artists.

The largest award in its field nationally, the $50,000 prize went to Randy Walker for a "wayfinding" sculpture in partnership with YouthLink, a social service agency. The sculpture will include permanent elements and ephemeral parts produced by teens in Youthlink's Kulture Klub program. Walker will work with Youthlink on the first two temporary installations which are expected to tap his training in fiber arts. 

The grant money comes from the Jerome Foundation, The McKnight Foundation and Minnesota's regional arts councils. Additional awards include:

Jerome Project Grants for Emerging Artists of $7,000 each to Janaki Ranpura for a pedal-powered sculpture that projects hand-drawn animation; Sean Kelley-Pegg to create an app-based virtual public art event. Jerome Planning Grants of $2,166 each went to Pritika Chowdhry, Sean Elmquist, Janet Groenert, Sara Hanson, Lucas Koski and Cecilia Schiller.

East Central Regional Arts Council Project Grants of $7,000 each to Keith Ralvo to carve local history into boulders in downtown Mora, MN and the Pine Center for the Arts to host community workshops about identity led by photographer Wing Young Huie. Additional planning grants of $2,000 each went to Charles King and Braham Community Rose Garden.

McKnight Mid-Career Public Artist Professional Development Grants of $5,000 each to Harriet Bart "to explore the concept and act of the gift of art as public art," and to Tamsie Ringler to introduce new technology and projections into a prototype automobile-based installation.

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