Concept for Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis by Peter Musty

Cultural District Formation and Management Plans

City of South Salt Lake, UT – creative industries zone - three creative hubs re-define city. The City named a Creative Industries Zone with three distinct hubs connected by bicycle-friendly West Temple. New branding, zoning, development priorities, and ongoing community building activities were planned through ongoing grassroots work. A dynamic plan brings the elements and stakeholders together.

Dublin Arts Council, Dublin, OH – connecting history and new development. Community leadership came together to devise ways to support and unify Historic Downtown Dublin on one side of the river with major new development directly across the river.

Creativity in Urban Placemaking: Horizontal Networks and Social Equity in Three Cultural Districts The phenomenon of cultural district formation in cities around the globe presents challenges and opportunities for leaders, planners, and managers. This Ph.D. research focused on cultural districts in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Miami. It found that strong social and organizational networks characterized by dense and active grassroots leadership were present at the same time as relative community stability and higher levels of social and economic equity. Where networks were weak, social and economic tensions were higher.

Hennepin Theatre Trust, Minneapolis MN · creative placemaking – downtown cultural district

St. Croix Valley Foundation, Hudson WI · National Heritage Area plan development

Lowertown Master Plan Task Force, St. Paul MN · arts district/neighborhood master plan

Brady Arts District, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Tulsa OK · cultural district planning & coordination

St. Anthony Park Community Council, St. Paul MN · creative enterprise zone planning

Americans for the Arts, Washington, DC – white paper on process of cultural district formation

Surdna Foundation with Arts & Community Change, New York NY · funding policy development, cultural districts

Dublin Arts Council, Dublin, OH – downtown cultural district formation

Placemaking and Public Art Planning

Macon, GA – Macon Arts Alliance and Ft. Hawkins Neighborhood – Mill Hill Arts Village History, creativity, and resilience are in abundance in East Macon’s Ft. Hawkins Neighborhood. Macon Arts Alliance and CCB worked to identify and celebrate some of the many community assets while working to address its deep social, economic, and physical challenges. Cut off by highway construction, disinvestment, and institutional racism, the community now looks forward to reinvestment in housing, a new park, community arts center, and street conditions planned with robust community engagement.

Pierce County Transit, Tacoma, WA – pre-planning for new design development. City, transit agency, and major performing arts center leadership came together to devise a detailed RFQ and working relationship to plan and carry out major new design and placemaking work in this historic downtown.

Bloomington Theatre and Art Center · Bloomington, MN · Artistry (and City of Bloomington) Bloomington, MN (2-year creative placemaking project leading discovery charrette, demonstration projects and long range plan)

City of Providence RI, with Dreeszen Associates · cultural identity development, 5 transit corridors

City of Middleton, WI · public art master plan

City of St. Croix Falls, WI · linking historic theater restoration, local economic development

Citizens for Loring Park Community · Minneapolis MN · with PETER MUSTY LLC · urban neighborhood small area plan

Iowa West Foundation · Council Bluffs IA · opportunity assessment, strategic planning

Walt Disney Corporation · Lake Buena Vista FL · thematic development of proposed community

5th Ward Re-development Corporation · Houston TX – with Sutton+Associates · strategic positioning

The City and Redevelopment Agency of San Jose, CA · public space programming

City and Regional Cultural Plans and Economic Development

Worcester, Massachusetts - Plan In Progress - A new cultural plan for the City of Worcester, Massachusetts is to be incorporated into the City’s upcoming comprehensive plan, its first since 1987. Partnering with CCB, the City, the Greater Worcester Community Foundation and the Worcester Cultural Coalition completed the plan at the beginning of 2019. It focuses on five areas: 1) Design and Activation of Public Spaces, 2) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, 3) Creativity and Innovation, 4) Youth and Family Engagement, and 5) Internal and External Community Image.

Bravo Greater Des MoinesRegional Cultural Assessment and Framework. Establishing four major initiatives Bravo’s regional cultural assessment identifies ways arts and culture can contribute to broad regional goals set forth in Capital Crossroads 2.0.

City of Durango, CO – Cultural plan incorporated into updated City Comprehensive Plan. Developed in parallel with a Comp Plan revision by planning consultant Michael Lauer, the city’s first Arts, Culture and Creative Economy plan addressed a range of cultural and creative sector developments.

Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau – Repositioning and reviving cultural event. Community leaders and philanthropists worked to re-imagine and re-launch Tall Stacks, a major celebration of Riverboats and the historic relationship to the Ohio River.

City of Grand Forks, ND, with Forecast Public Art – 10-year cultural and public art plan. This first cultural plan was funded by public and private funders in an effort to highlight the city’s creative and resilient spirit.

City of Lawrence, KS, with Christine Harris Connections · Comprehensive 10-year city cultural plan

City of Duluth, MN Public Art Commission with Forecast Public Art · 10-year comprehensive cultural plan and public art plan

City of Marquette, MI, with Christine Harris · comprehensive 10-year cultural plan

Cultural Development Corporation · Oklahoma City OK · regional artist support research & plan

Cities of Lansing and East Lansing, Dept. of History, Arts & Libraries · Lansing MI · cultural economic development planning

1st ACT Silicon Valley · San Jose CA · strategic planning, research, region-wide assessment

Morgan Family Foundation · Yellow Springs OH · arts-based community revitalization initiative

Michigan Main Streets · Boyne City MI · cultural economic development planning

Michigan Main Streets · Calumet MI · cultural economic development planning

City of Concord NH, with Craig Dreezsen · city-wide creative economy planning

Legacy Project · Rochester MI · with Sutton+Associates · art center planning joining 3 communities

Teaching, Training and Professional Development

Forecast Public Art and American Planning Association - Two online courses authored by Tom Borrup are designed to strengthen city planners’ capacities to manage public art and to plan for public art that contributes to community health. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the courses were prepared for release in January 2019 as part of an initiative by Forecast to expand its education and consulting services.

New Hampshire Institute of Arts and the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking · Manchester, New Hampshire, September, 2018 · Taught the foundation course in the online Certificate in Creative Placemaking.

University of Minnesota, College of Continuing and Professional Studies · Faculty Director, Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership

New Hampshire Institute of Art · Manchester, NH · Creative Placemaking Certificate

Foundation for Louisiana · New Orleans, LA · Neighborhood leadership training

University of Massachusetts, Arts Extension Service · Amherst MA · curriculum development

Knowlton School of Architecture · Ohio State University · Instructor, Certificate in Creative Placemaking

Rutgers University, Bloustein School of Planning · Instructor, Creative Placemaking Master Practitioner Certificate Program

Drexel University · Philadelphia · Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program in Arts and Cultural Management · Cultural Planning

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota · Instructor, Graduate Program in Arts and Cultural Management · Minneapolis, MN · Cultural Studies, Arts & Community Development

University of Massachusetts, Continuing Education/Arts Extension Service · Amherst, MA · Adjunct Faculty, Creative Economy

Research, Assessment and Evaluation

With the research arm of Americans for the Arts, Tom Borrup launched a research project in 2017 to take stock of cultural planning in the U.S., the first such assessment of this 40 year-old practice since Craig Dreeszen's landmark 1994 study. Research found cultural planning helps local cultural leaders broaden their roles in their communities in areas such as tourism, local economic development, and use of public space. However, most communities fell short in efforts to advance cultural equity. Americans for the Arts released the study in November. Findings from this research will contribute to Tom's upcoming book: Just Planning.

National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture · San Francisco CA · national field data analysis

City of San José CA Redevelopment Agency – with M. Alvarez · art center assessment and plan

1st ACT Silicon Valley · San Jose CA · strategic planning, research, region-wide assessment

Arts & Community Change · Brooklyn NY · policy recommendations for cultural districts

Americans for the Arts · Washington, DC – white paper on process of cultural district formation

Surdna Foundation · New York NY · funding policy development, cultural districts

Portland Community TV · Portland OR · 3-year evaluation, new technology initiative

Alliance for Independent Motion Media · Boston MA · planning & economic impact study

651 ARTS · Brooklyn NY – with Caron Atlas · policy analysis and recommendations

LEF Foundation · Boston MA · program evaluation and strategic positioning

City of San José CA, Office of Cultural Affairs · neighborhood arts program assessment

Arts and Nonprofit Strategic Planning and Capacity Building

Cultural Development Corporation · Oklahoma City OK · regional artist support research & plan

Franconia Sculpture Park · Center City MN · strategic development and expansion plan

Creative Alliance of New Orleans, LA · cultural economy & organizational strategic planning

Hope Community · Minneapolis MN · develop interactive database of nonprofit organizations

Tucson-Pima Arts Council AZ · capacity building, cultural development strategies

Arts Alliance Illinois · Chicago IL · strategic positioning in regional planning

Minneapolis Television Network · Minneapolis MN · strategic planning

Living Arts of Tulsa · Tulsa OK · strategic organizational planning and development

Juxtaposition Arts · Minneapolis MN · strategic planning & real estate development

The Ford Foundation/Partners for Livable Communities · New York NY - Initiative to expand the role of arts in social and economic revitalization. Evaluate and provide technical assistance to:

  1. Center for Creative Community Development · North Adams, MA · economic research
  2. Movimiento de Arte y Cultural Latino Americana · San Jose, CA · neighborhood strategies
  3. Nuestras Raices · Holyoke, MA · cross-sector strategies and organizational development
  4. Queens Museum of Art · New York, NY · neighborhood development strategies
  5. Project Row Houses · Houston, TX · strategic positioning

Advancing Chicago’s Civic Agenda Through the Arts · Chicago IL · cross-sector collaborations

A. H. Wilder Foundation Services for the Elderly · St. Paul MN · creative engagement

Ritz Theater Foundation · Minneapolis MN, with Sutton+Associates · strategic positioning

Out North Development · Anchorage AK · strategic positioning & asset development

New England Foundation for the Arts · Boston MA · program assessment, strategic planning