For Immediate Release
Contact: Matison Schoeder
Arts & Culture Commission
(June 2, 2022, Red Wing, Minn.) – The Red Wing Arts and Culture Commission is encouraging area residents to play an integral role in developing a new communitywide arts and culture action plan by participating in a short survey. Artists are additionally encouraged to apply to work with the planning team at Forecast Public Art to facilitate creative community engagement activities.
This project has also been endorsed by the Prairie Island Tribal Council.
The Five Year Arts and Culture Action Plan will establish a vision for arts and culture for the City of Red Wing and the entire community, with practical steps for the City and community to take in order to achieve that vision, including policies, management, and funding strategies.
Collecting the community’s thoughts through this survey and collaborating with artists is part of this process.
The online survey takes five-seven minutes to complete and asks residents from Red Wing, Prairie Island Indian Community, and surrounding communities how they currently connect with arts and culture, where they would like to experience arts and culture events, activities, and projects, and the key priorities to address in arts and culture in the future. The survey is available at bit.ly/3NPWGE8 until August 30.
CALL FOR ARTISTS
Forecast Public Art is also looking for artists to join our team to create and operate two community pop-up events in Red Wing to creatively gather community input about what is important in public art and culture.
Forecast Public Art is looking for a team that team interested in and connected to our mission and values. A successful team will be outgoing and known for connecting with people from all different backgrounds. Each person on the team may have a different creative skillset but knows how to work collaboratively and is skilled at managing a creative community project or event from beginning to end. Team members are punctual, responsive, and clear communicators who are comfortable interacting with the public and listening to what they have to say.
Under the guidance of Forecast, the team will create a total of two pop-up events in Red Wing between July and October. These events will take place at larger city events, perhaps a farmers market or an annual street fair. Typically, artist teams set up a table and invite passersby to participate in a creative activity while getting their feedback on survey questions that we will provide you. Some past creative exchanges have been quick sketch portraits, silk-screening booths, and other easy-to-carry takeaways that people can bring home. Forecast will ask the team to develop something fun and interactive and capture people’s input, capture and report the results, and take photos of the events with their phone.
Compensation is $5,000 total in labor for the three-person artist team and $1,000 in community engagement materials.
Your team will make regular check-ins with Forecast virtually via Zoom so that we can help you and direct your talent.
The artist team should have:
- Connection with communities in Red Wing, including time spent living and/or working there.
- Experience designing arts-based activities for community engagement. This may include experience in a variety of mediums, including drawing/painting, photography, writing, etc.
- Ability to represent the project team in meetings and community events.
- Ability to use computers, including social media, email, web browsers, and word processing software.
- Because of the rich cultural diversity of the community, multilingual artists and artists with connections to and/or experience working in underserved communities are particularly encouraged to apply.
Individual artists and teams of artists are encouraged to apply. Individual artists will be paired with teammates as necessary. Collect the below information from each team member, and send one email with all the information to Yarlyn@ForecastPublicArt.org
The deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 4 p.m. CT. Forecast will review all applications and aims to hire the team by Friday, June 17. Applications should include name, mailing address, phone number, email address, website, social media, why you want to work on this project, and what your connection is to Red Wing. Answers should be limited to 200 words or fewer.
For questions about the strategic planning process:
Jen Krava, Director of Programming & New Initiatives
Forecast Public Art
For questions about the call for artists:
Yarlyn Rosario, Project Manager
Forecast Public Art
The City of Red Wing is dedicated to creating a sustainable, healthy, accessible, resilient, and equitable community where every person feels at home.
About Forecast Public Art
Established in 1978, Forecast Public Art is a St. Paul, MN based nonprofit organization that nationally activates, inspires, and advocates for public art that advances justice, health, and human dignity.