Creative Community Builder teams draw from a network of accomplished planners, designers, placemakers and artists who are passionate about helping communities get into gear.
We compose teams carefully to fit the scope of work and budget, then work closely with community leaders to assess, set a place-based vision, formulate a plan, put strategic actions into motion, and devise evaluative measures.
Tom Borrup, Ph.D.
A leader and innovator in community building for 30 years, Tom works with cities, foundations, nonprofits, and public agencies to tap the potential of their creative assets. His book, the Creative Community Builder’s Handbook provides a step-by-step planning guide for community leaders. Based in Minneapolis, he specializes in strategic planning, community transformation, partnership building, and program evaluation. He pioneered cultural asset mapping and leveraging cultural resources for economic development and civic participation. A prolific writer, Tom speaks and leads workshops across the US. He currently teaches for the University of Minnesota, Drexel University, and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Read more (pdf)…
CCB’s Collaborating Team Members:
Peter Musty · Peter Musty LLC – Minneapolis
Peter Musty is an urban designer based in Minneapolis who has been an important partner in the success of several recent CCB projects, working in the roles of designer, project manager and charrette coordinator. Recent CCB projects include St Croix Valley Heritage Initiative (MN/WI), Plan-It Hennepin (Minneapolis, MN), and Creative Placemaking in the South Loop (Bloomington MN). Peter is a specialist in the physical planning and design of walkable neighborhoods. With his degree from University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, he has 20 years of experience in the physical planning and design of new towns, neighborhoods, suburban infill & downtown redevelopment projects in Minnesota and nationally. His projects include traditional, contextual and historically sensitive site master plans, urban design, development guidelines and building project design. Peter has participated in over 40 formal design charrettes for private developers and municipal clients. CharretteCenter, a partnership with his brother Mike, was a national pioneer in documenting community based design practice and projects via the web. They are co-founders of StreetSections.com, a cloud based street drawing tool and world gallery of street precedents.
Shirley is executive director of Native American Public Telecommunications. Prior to that she was director of Arts Extension Service in Amherst, Mass. A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Shirley was a founder of Northern Plains Tribal Arts, the Oyate Trail, and the Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates. She was director of Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls, assistant director of South Dakota Arts Council and a South Dakota Public Broadcasting producer. As a CCB Associate, Shirley brings her varied expertise in telecommunications, educational design, and the production and management of media, in addition to working with indigenous communities.
Harry Waters Jr.
Harry applies 30 years of acting and directing experience to community dialogue facilitation – getting stakeholders on their feet, exercising their voices, and moving joyously together. Harry has worked with numerous CCB clients in multicultural and cross-generational settings. He is an Associate Professor in the Theater and Dance Department of Macalester College in St. Paul, and has made many appearances in regional theater, film, and TV.
Christine Harris · Christine Harris Connections
Christine loves working with communities and truly appreciates partnering with colleagues to bring together multiple disciplines in addressing community challenges. She has been working with creative enterprises and community development for over 30 years. After founding and running the Creative Alliance Milwaukee, Christine became a leader in the national creative economy field, having done the first national research on defining the creative economy and designing the national creative economy summit. Her background includes over 20 years of executive nonprofit administration and corporate marketing experience. Christine has been an advisor and presenter for both the Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Ta-coumba, one of the Twin Cities’ best-known and versatile visual artists, excels at engaging people of all ages and abilities in creative self-expression. He is widely-collected as a painter, has been commissioned to create public art works across Minnesota, and teaches regularly as an artist-in-residence in area schools. Ta-coumba has worked in communities and nonprofit organizations across the mid-west with CCB, leading groups in creatively visualizing their communities’ futures. He facilitates workshops at national conferences and meetings and has been involved in organizational and community planning for over three decades. “I create my art to heal the hearts and soul of people and their communities by evoking a positive spirit. I explore cultures where art is an integral part of its society; I try to know or learn how I can use my art to heal and enhance my community, and my world.”
Carrie Ann Christensen · Headwaters Design
Carrie’s work involves a range of projects and experiences in design, education, and community engagement that fall at the intersection of equity and the environment. With a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University, her cross-sector work combines design thinking, community organizing, project management, oral history, data analysis, curation, planning and environmental design processes. She has contributed as a designer, organizer, and consultant to several local initiatives including Creative CityMaking, the Minneapolis Creative City Road Map, Forecast Public Arts consulting, St Anthony Park Wayfinding Art Bike Project, several local and regional bike and pedestrian plans, and Creative Placemaking in the South Loop with Creative Community Builders. She has worked nationally and internationally on affordable housing, urban agriculture, tactical urbanism, transportation equity, and historic preservation efforts – which shape the foundation of her community-based practice. Carrie is currently an adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Design and an independent consultant in the field of creative placemaking.
Graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Theater, and is now working toward his masters in Arts and Cultural Leadership at the University of Minnesota. He has worked for Creative Community Builders (CCB) on various projects since 2013. He previously ran an outreach program with the Guthrie Theater, and also was the Coordinator for Plan-It Hennepin with the Hennepin Theatre Trust. In his spare time he volunteers at the Animal Humane Society.
Bringing expertise from the fields of media and education, Rene provides CCB with program evaluation skills and oversees field analysis projects. As a Marketing and Media Producer, Rene has had a significant role in the development of many innovations in newspaper publishing and educational media production. His influence has stretched from daily print publications to digital educational production. An early pioneer of the conversion to digital broadcasting and digitally deployed teaching tools for teachers, students and parents, Rene’s contributions have been acknowledged by leaders in media, government, education and community arts organizations across the US. Rene is also an active musician.