Thirty-four community members officially completed the 12th annual Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute during a ceremony at The Arts Building on Tuesday, November 1.
During the seven-week leadership program participants visited Barger Academy of Fine Arts, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga Workspace, and ReCreate Café. The group also traveled to Nashville for a day-long tour of the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Frist Center for Visual Arts.
Launched in 2005 in memory of long-time board member and arts advocate A. William Holmberg, Jr., the four-month Institute offers behind-the-scenes site visits to cultural and educational institutions, case studies of arts agencies, panel discussions with community leaders, and a unique forum for pursuing shared goals among arts leaders, business leaders, educators, and philanthropic foundations.
Rodney Van Valkenburg, Director of Grants and Initiatives at ArtsBuild, has led the annual leadership class for the past five years. “This year’s Holmberg class is a very diverse group of like-minded citizens who believes our community can improve through the arts,” said Van Valkenburg. “They have explored the impact of the arts on education, neighborhoods and underserved communities. I believe the connections they have made with our arts community and with each other will have a long-lasting positive impact on Chattanooga.”
Rowena Belcher, a retired TVA professional and former Rotary Club president, was a member of this year’s Holmberg Leadership class. “I wanted to become engaged with a part of our community I have appreciated and supported for so many years,” Belcher said. “The Holmberg Institute provides a unique opportunity to both artists and business leaders who, like me, are looking for our own way of enrichment and advocacy.”
In the past 12 years more than 400 people have graduated from the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute. Participation is open to residents of the greater Chattanooga area who have demonstrated passionate support and advocacy for the arts and who have made a commitment to making a difference in the quality of life in the community. Past participants have gone on to serve on Boards of Directors and in leadership positions with ArtsBuild and other local cultural agencies.
2016 Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute
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