Tom Borrup, Ph.D.
Tom Borrup, Ph.D. serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Minnesota’s Masters of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership and he teaches creative placemaking for the New Hampshire Institute of Arts and cultural planning for Drexel University’s Arts Administration Graduate Program. He is a leader and innovator in creative community building – leveraging cultural and other assets to advance economic, social, civic, and physical regeneration of place-based communities. As founder and Principal of Creative Community Builders, Tom leads interdisciplinary teams to help cities, foundations, and nonprofits integrate arts, economic development, urban planning and design, civic engagement, and animation of public space. Tom’s research and writing examines social and organizational networks in urban cultural districts, patterns of region-wide cultural infrastructure, and the evolution of community cultural planning. His 2006 book The Creative Community Builders’ Handbook profiles communities that have transformed economic, social, and physical conditions through the arts. From 2003 to 2009 he consulted with a Ford Foundation initiative assisting community-based arts organizations to take leading roles in neighborhood revitalization. With the National Endowment for the Arts, Tom served on a variety of funding and policy panels over 25 years in the media arts, visual arts, presenting, design, and advancement program categories. As Executive Director of Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis from 1980 to 2002, Tom helped build a diverse urban neighborhood and a nationally recognized multidisciplinary, cross-cultural organization.