Thursday, August 5, 2010

River Arts Alliance partners to present workshop

The River Arts Alliance partners will present a day-long workshop titled “Winona’s Creative Potential: A Workshop to Examine Creative Community Building Strategies for Winona with Tom Borrup” Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Performance Center.

The event, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will address the questions, “How does the new creative or knowledge economy impact Winona?” and “Does the city have assets that position it for success?”

Guest speaker Borrup will present a “creative community building strategies” process, which will include identifying Winona’s cultural assets, recognized and hidden. During a working lunch, participants will answer questions posed during the morning’s presentation. A synopsis of the lunchtime conversations will then suggest action steps for the community.

Borrup has been a leader and innovator in non-profit community and cultural work for more than 25 years. His work explores the intersections between culture, community building, and economic development. He consults with foundations, nonprofits and public agencies across the U.S. in strategic planning and program evaluation. Borrup has written articles for publications in the arts, city planning and philanthropy. His book, The Creative Community Builders’ Handbook, was released in July 2006, by Fieldstone Alliance (formerly Wilder Publishing). It tracks communities that have transformed their economic, social, and physical infrastructures through the arts, and includes a step-by-step planning guide.

More information about Borrup is available at:

The workshop is free to community members. Although pre-registration has ended, walk-ins are welcome; please bring your own lunch as the deadline has passed to purchase a lunch.

Support for this day-long workshop is provided by the Saint Mary’s School of the Arts, The City of Winona Fine Arts Commission (pending), and (SEMAC) Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council in cooperation with the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.