Dr. Tom Borrup

Principal | Creative Community Builders

Tom Borrup, Ph.D. is a leader and innovator in creative community building–leveraging cultural and other community assets to advance economic, social, civic, and physical development of place-based communities.

Consulting with cities, foundations, and nonprofits across the U.S, his approach integrates the arts, economic development, urban planning and design, civic engagement, and animation of public space.

His book, The Creative Community Builders’ Handbook, released in July 2006, profiles communities that have transformed their economic, social, and physical infrastructures through the arts and provides a step-by-step planning guide. As Executive Director of Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis from 1980 until 2002, Borrup developed a nationally-recognized multidisciplinary, cross-cultural organization in a diverse urban community.

He has served on a variety of panels over the 20 years for the National Endowment for the Arts in the media arts, visual arts, presenting, design, and advancement program categories. He serves as the faculty director for the Masters in Arts and Cultural Leadership at the University of Minnesota, and teachs for Drexel University’s Arts Administration Graduate Program. He earned his Ph.D. in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

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