Tom Borrup

Tom Borrup presents “Art, Culture, Creativity Transform Communities”

Artist, Arts Organizations, Creatives are Encouraged to Attend Keynote Speech

Presented by Tom Borrup

On Thursday, September 27, 2018

The TN Planners Association Conference is at Meadowview Convention Center in Kingsport, TN
8:00am/ Keynote Speech by Tom Borrup located in the Cattails Ballroom
9:30am – 11:00am/ Special Follow-up session especially for Artists, Arts/Cultural Organizations located in the Appalachian Board Room

*Both events are FREE but registration is recommended*

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Tom Borrup, Ph.D is the founder of Creative Community Builders. 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 Builder’s Handbook, remains the leading text in the field. As Executive Director of Minneapolis’ Intermedia Arts 1980-2002, 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 Master in Arts and Cultural Leadership. He earned his Ph.D. in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Do towns and cities have personalities? If so, how do we describe them? Can our cities and towns – through their planning and design – be places that reflect the rich diversity of people who live in them? Is this even possible? If broken and dysfunctional, can the personalities of our communities be repaired? Who can do that? And, how do the personalities of planners, architects, developers and designers impact the landscapes of our towns and cities?

One of the most fertile partnerships in the reinvigoration of cities and towns over the past two or three decades has been between cities and their arts and cultural sectors. Can partnerships that leverage creativity, cultural amenities, and walkable community design bring more cultural and economic inclusiveness? Can these partnerships contribute to healthy personalities of places?

These are weighty questions for planners and city leaders to ponder. Tom Borrup, in his keynote presentation, will examine these phenomena and identify some of the ways that culture and creativity – and the people and institutions in that sector – have moved communities towards greater inclusiveness and healthier personalities. Based on Winston Churchill’s assertion that: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us” , Borrup uses a multitude of images collected from cities around the world, scholarly writing, and decades of his experience in animating communities with the help of artists.