The Arts Are Everywhere!

Located in Chattanooga, Tennessee ArtsBuild’s mission is to build a stronger community through the arts.

For almost 50 years ArtsBuild has supported the creative future of Hamilton County by investing more than $70 million in our community’s leading arts organizations, funding arts integrations programs for our students and teachers, and ensuring that even our most underserved populations have access to arts programming.

ArtsBuild provides significant operating support to its 12 Cultural Partners:
Association for Visual Arts
Ballet Tennessee
Bessie Smith Cultural Center
Chattanooga Ballet
Chattanooga Boys Choir
Chattanooga Girls Choir
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera
Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Creative Discovery Museum
Hunter Museum of American Art
Shaking Ray Levi Society
Southern Lit Alliance

ArtsBuild provides free professional arts experiences to more than 11,400 Hamilton County students in grades 1-4 each year. Events include Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Youth Theatre production, Chattanooga Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Chattanooga Symphony & Opera’s Young People’s Concert, and a Theatre Express performance with the Southern Lit Alliance.

In 2012 ArtsBuild established the Community Cultural Connections grant program designed to bring arts and cultural programming to underserved areas in Hamilton County. These grants have funded more than 70 projects for a total investment of $170,000, with new projects awarded continuously. Recipient organizations have included Orange Grove Center, Salvation Army, H*Art Gallery, Signal Centers, Northside Neighborhood House, and SPLASH.

ArtsBuild Muse – Fall 2015

ArtsBuild Muse – Summer 2016


ArtsBuild’s mission is to build a stronger community through the arts by:

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         Collaborating to reach creative solutions

  • Advocating

       Articulating the role of the arts in building lives and communities

  • Connecting

       Providing arts opportunities for all

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       Cultivating creativity to enhance academic and personal growth

  • Advancing

       Strengthening the economic environment

  • Supporting

       Generating resources to support arts and cultural experiences

The Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Roger Brown – Chair
  • Mary Poston Tanner – Secretary
  • Suzy Anthony – Treasurer

Ex Officio

  • The Honorable Andy Berke
  • The Honorable Jim Coppinger
  • Robert B. Doak
  • Jim Kennedy III
  • Bill Kilbride

Board Members

  • Andrea Becksvoort
  • Gordon Bietz
  • Jeff Boehm
  • Nicole Brown
  • Chuck Chitty
  • Xavier Cotto
  • Lee Davis
  • Lee Davis
  • Olga de Klein
  • Isaac Duncan III
  • Sally Faulkner
  • Lori Finlay
  • Patti Frierson
  • Jeannine Grogg
  • Mark Henley
  • Andrew Hibbard
  • Steve Hunt
  • Bryan Kelly
  • Mary Kilbride
  • Pam Ladd
  • Marcus McKamey
  • James McKissic
  • Maury Nicely
  • Christian Patiño
  • Jan Ramsey
  • Chris Thomas
  • Stratton Tingle
  • Sybil Topel
  • Peggy Townsend


Dan Bowers, President

Dan Bowers

Dan joined ArtsBuild in November 2007. Dan served the United Way of Greater Chattanooga for 13 years, first as Campaign Director and ultimately as President. He left the United Way to become President of the Memorial Health Care System Foundation, where he served for six years, then departed to form his own fundraising consulting firm. He holds B.A. and Masters degrees in Communications from the University of Alabama.

Caroline Bulman, Development & Communications Manager


Caroline joined ArtsBuild in January 2008. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Tennessee Wesleyan College and is responsible for database maintenance in addition to providing administrative support for the annual campaign.

Fletcher Sims, Chief Financial Officer

Fletcher Sims

Fletcher joined ArtsBuild in April 1997. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee in Business Administration. His past experience is ownership in a local business for 15 years as well as financial advisor with AXA Financial. He does all financial reporting for ArtsBuild.

Rodney Van Valkenburg, Director of Grants and Initiatives

Rodney Van Valkenburg

Rodney joined ArtsBuild in May 2001, after serving for more than 18 years with the Chattanooga Theatre Centre as Director of Programs and as Director of Education. Rodney holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Child Drama from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 1992, he was named Youth Theatre Director of the Year by the American Alliance for Theatre in Education and received the Distinguished Achievement Award by the Tennessee Theatre Association.

Marté Williams, Administrative Assistant

Marte Williams

Marté Williams joined ArtsBuild in February 2016. Previously, Williams had a long relationship with New City Fellowship, working as the Pastor’s secretary and office manager. A native of Chattanooga, she holds an A.A. Associates of Arts degree from Chattanooga State. Marté is responsible for receptionist and administrative duties.