Tom Borrup, Ph.D.

Creative Community Builders
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tom Borrup, Ph.D. a long-time leader in the community based arts field is the founder of Creative Community Builders based in Minneapolis. He consults with cities, foundations, and nonprofits integrating arts, economic development, urban planning and design, civic engagement, and animation of public space. His 2006 book The Creative Community Builders’ Handbook, remains the leading text in the field. As Executive Director of Minneapolis’ Intermedia Arts from 1980 to 2002, Tom helped transform a diverse urban neighborhood while building a nationally recognized multidisciplinary, cross-cultural organization. Tom serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Minnesota’s Masters in Arts and Cultural Leadership and teaches Cultural Planning for Drexel University. He earned his Ph.D. in Leadership and Change at Antioch University researching the social and organizational networks of arts and cultural districts.