Doug Borwick is author of Engaging Matters, a blog for ArtsJournal, author/editor of Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S. and author of Engage Now! A Guide to Making the Arts Indispensable. One of the U.S.’s leading advocates for the arts and community engagement, Dr. Borwick has served as keynote speaker and workshop presenter at conferences across the U.S. and Canada as well as in Australia, Chile, Beijing, and Singapore. Barry Hessenius, author of Barry’s Blog, former Director of the California Arts Council, and former President of the California Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, has described him as “the spokesperson for the importance and value of community engagement. [He] provides tools and thinking to improve your organization's operations in this area.”
Dr. Borwick is past President of the Board of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, an international organization of higher education programs in the field. For three decades he served as Director of the Arts Management and Not-for-Profit Management Programs at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. He currently serves as 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.