Public Art and Public Health Come Together in Minnesota

As part of its partnership with APA, Forecast Public Art is developing and piloting a Public Art and Placemaking Tool for City Planners. The series of online courses was developed to serve as a resource for planners serving small and mid-sized American cities.

By developing this learning tool, Forecast seeks to fill a void in the current options available to planners, as well as those in allied professions, such as landscape architecture, engineering, and architecture. (The courses are currently in beta testing and will be available publicly in early 2019.)

Five cities in Minnesota were selected to participate in the pilot project to develop and beta test the courses in 2017 and 2018: Austin, Mankato, Red Wing, Rochester, and Winona.

A focus of the pilot in the five selected cities is improving health, which could include the physical health of citizens, economic prosperity, community well-being, social cohesion, livability, and a healthy environment.

Explore the Story Map below for a brief introduction to the pilot cities' demonstration projects. (For a more immersive experience, click on the icon on the bottom right of the story map to open it in a new tab.)

Learn more about the process that planners in each of the five cities followed, as well as the lessons they learned along the way, in a free webinar in early 2019. For more information on this project, visit

Top image: A participant in the 2007 Annual Art Car Parade in Minneapolis. Photo by Flickr user Tony Webster (CC BY 2.0).

October 9, 2018

By Jennifer Henaghan, AICP