FORWARD: Issue #1: Public Health

How Artists Help Drive Better Public Health Outcomes

Welcome to FORWARD, a digital publication and conversation series from Forecast, a nonprofit that activates, inspires, and advocates for public art that advances justice, health, and human dignity. FORWARD highlights how artists are partnering with cities, institutions and communities to courageously tackle the vital issues of our time. This issue focuses on public health. You can navigate it using the three bars at the top of the page — or the arrows at the bottom.

Image: Audience members watch from their front steps in the Grandmont-Rosedale neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan as Cuttime Simfonica and The Urban Requiem Project perform. Read more about a month of socially distanced pop-up concerts and digital performances brought to Detroit by NOW:FUTURE to connect communities during the pandemic. Photo by Trilogy Beats, courtesy Sidewalk Detroit.

PUBLIC ART + HEALTHY COMMUNITIES Useful knowledge and tools about how to use public art to shape healthier, more vibrant, and better-designed cities. Join educators Jen Krava of Forecast Public Art and Tom Borrup of Creative Community Builders for a two-hour, live, interactive course that will expand your knowledge of public art, placemaking, and community health. They will provide guidance through the process of assessment, planning, and implementation for a broad range of public art projects designed to improve health conditions of cities and neighborhoods. Among the areas of impact are individual physical and mental health, social cohesion, active lifestyles, a healthy environment, and safety. The recording of this course is available for purchase. Reach out to our team today.

This course emerged from a two-year partnership with the American Planning Association to explore ways public art and placemaking advance thoughtful, innovative community health goals.

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FORWARD: Issue #1

Public Health