Carrie Aspinwall serves as Neighborhood Specialist for The City of Minneapolis Department of Neighborhood and Community Relations, providing guidance, support and leadership to 15 South Minneapolis neighborhood organizations. Carrie has more than 20 years of experience working with residents of multiple neighborhoods & municipalities, cultural communities, and non-profits agencies. Carrie maintains a significant network with local governments, Tribal governments across the state, as well as Federal agencies. Most recently, Carrie served as Conference Coordinator for the City of Minneapolisʼ Neighborhood & Community Relations, First Annual Community Connections Conference, hosting upwards of 450 conference participants at this first annual event. Carrie is currently a member of the Tiwaheʼ Foundation Board of Trustees and has served for the past 16 years. The Tiwahe Foundation became the first-of-its-kind independent community foundation in 2009. Tiwahe’ is 1 of 3 unique Native lead independent Community Foundations within the State of Minnesota. The Tiwahe Foundation grew out of a culturally responsive grant-making initiative, the American Indian Family Empowerment Program (AIFEP) which was launched in 1993. The partnership represented a model for collaborative philanthropic engagement. Carrie holds over a dozen Awards, honors and certifications in the areas of Public Safety, Tribal Leadership, Community Engagement, and Excellence in Service to Community, presented by City, County, State, and Federal agencies as well as Tribal Governments and local Foundations. Carrie was born and raised in the Phillips Neighborhood of Minneapolis. Carrie has family reaching across three major Northern Minnesota Indian Reservations, Mille Lacs, Leech Lake, and White Earth.
Tom Borrup, Principal, Creative Community Builders has been 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 Massachusetts, Drexel University, and St. Mary's University of Minnesota.
William Cleveland is a pioneer in the community arts movement. His books Art In Other Places and Making Exact Change and Art and Upheaval: Artists at work on the Worlds Frontlines are considered seminal works in the field of arts-based community development. Activist, teacher, lecturer and musician, he also directs the Center for the Study of Art and Community. Established in 1991, CSA&C works to build new working relationships between the arts and the broader community specializing in the development and assessment of arts-based community partnerships, and training for artists, and their community and institutional partners. The Center works with artists and arts organizations, schools, human service and criminal justice agencies, local and state government and the business and philanthropic organizations. Mr. Cleveland's 30-year history, producing arts programs in cultural, educational and community also includes his leadership of the Walker Art Center's Education and Community Programs Department, California's Arts-In-Corrections Program and the California State Summer School for the Arts. He has also been an Assistant Director of the California Department of Corrections and worked as a youth services counselor and resident artist under the auspices of the Department of Laborʼs Comprehensive Employment and Development Program. His most recent book
Between Grace and Fear: The Role of the Arts in a Time of Change, written with Patricia Shifferd, was published in 2010. His new CD, Songlines, based, in part, on stories from Art and Upheaval, was just released.
Dan Cornejio, Cornejo Consulting, Community Planning + Design, an award-winning leader in city planning and contextual urban design. With over 35 years of experience throughout the U.S. and Canada, Dan brings a wealth of wisdom and expertise to comprehensive planning and design projects, especially in cities with historic districts and corridors with active waterfronts. In 2004, Dan started his own firm, CORNEJO CONSULTING – Community Planning + Design, a Saint Paul-based firm that focuses on transit-oriented development planning and design, transportation-related infrastructure, and creek restoration. He also specializes in innovative and inclusive public engagement in diverse cultural and community situations. Dan has served as Director of Planning and Design for St. Paul, Development Director for Robbinsdale, Haymarket Warehouse District Manager in Lincoln, NE, Planning Director for Staten Island, New York, and Senior Planner in Vancouver, Canada. Current and recent Twin Cities projects include I-35W-Lake Street Transit/Access Project and Hamline Bridge Replacement, both of which involve public artist involvement. He has also led consultant teams that prepared the Fort Snelling LRT and Upper Post Master Plan, the Roseville Parks and Recreation Master Plan, and the University of Minnesota Neighborhood Impact Report to the Minnesota Legislature. Dan holds an M.A. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia, Canada and a B.A. in Sociology from Jamestown College in North Dakota.
Seitu Jones. The former artist in residence for the city of Minneapolis, works with everything from wood, clay, glass and steel. In addition to his large scale public works, Jones has exhibited at the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the American Craft Museum in New York, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Most recently his work has focused on the blending art with nature in a verity of mediums which include collared green pottery and designs for public drinking fountains.
Megan Leafblad, Assistant Director of International Programs at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she works to forge new partnerships and create international opportunities with students, artists, colleagues, and communities. She recently spearheaded a new study abroad partnership in Guatemala and developed a student- run gallery initiative on campus. Before joining MCAD, Leafblad was the Community Programs Manager at the Walker Art Center. She is passionate about building communities that cultivate creative minds and collaboration across all disciplines. She currently serves on the board at The Soap Factory, a dynamic non-profit dedicated to the production, presentation, and promotion of emerging practice across the visual arts. Megan earned a dual bachelor's degree in studio art and art education at Bethel University and currently resides in Minneapolis.
Jack Mackie has created discrete commissioned artworks, collaborative and integrated design-team work, project-integral artworks, arts advocacy, and art planning, programming, and implementation. He has developed and implemented numerous public art plans and was recently engaged, with art planner Jerry Allen, to update the Scottsdale Arts Commission's Public Art Strategic Plan. His diverse range of experience includes the Public Art Plan and Implementation Strategies for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority; the Shelby County Memphis New Central Library Public Art Plan; the Public Art in Development Program for Bute Avenue Corridor, Cardiff, Wales; the Mesa Performing Arts Center Public Art Program, Arizona; and the Phoenix Urban Form, a 2040 growth plan for downtown Phoenix which includes a deeply integrated private and public art effort. Key to Jackʼs planning and programming are strategies of experimentation, re-examination, assessment, and adjustment, thus allowing adaptability for emerging circumstances and conditions. While he has produced many plans that require hard definitions of provenance, mission, policy, funding, and procedures, his flexibility is the device that assures a plan becomes an organic component of an agencyʼs or clientʼs programmatic practice as it grows.
Paul Robinson, Senior Community Leadership Manager, James P. Shannon Leadership Institute, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, nurtures the creativity and vitality of proven leaders of philanthropic, civic, and community organizations. He provides daily program administration, leads recruiting, fundraising, designs curricula and facilitates program sessions. Prior to joining the Wilder staff in 2007, Robinson served as the Spiritual Care Director for Catholic Charities for six years tending to the spiritual needs of the poor in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. His combined experience in ministry, business, administration, nonprofit management and leadership development spans 20 years. Robinson holds a B.S. degree in finance from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary.