Arts-Based Community Development Convening
Transforming Post-Industrial Cities through Art and Innovation
April 12 through 14, 2012 - St. Louis

Doug Borwick

Winston-Salem, North Carolina


Doug Borwick is President of the Board of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, an international organization of higher education programs in the field. For over 27 years he has served as Director of the Arts Management and Not-for-Profit Management Programs at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. He is, in addition, author of Engaging Matters, a blog for ArtsJournal and author/editor of Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S.; President and CEO of Outfitters4, Inc., providing management services for nonprofit;, and President/CEO of ArtsEngaged, offering training and consultation services to artists and arts organizations seeking to more effectively engage with their communities. Dr. Borwick holds the Ph.D. in Music Composition from the Eastman School of Music and is an award-winning member of ASCAP.


Transforming Arts Institutions: Community Engagement as the Path to Sustainability

Day 2 / Apr, 13 @ 1:30 pm
1st Floor : Regency Room

The world of established arts organizations is one that has not, in general, been at the forefront of arts-based community development. What community-oriented activity they have undertaken has often been for marketing rather than community purposes. There are signs, however, of change taking place. On the national level, increasing attention is being paid to “community engagement.” While some take this to mean simply a marketing tool in a shiny new package, others are making a deep commitment to partnerships that make their communities better places to live.

This session will present examples from around the country of arts organizations that have undertaken a significant community orientation as well as the circumstances that led them to this path and the results (to date). It will also provide opportunity to discuss what steps are being (and could be) taken to encourage more arts organizations to follow their example.