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Furthering the arts in our community takes dedication, effort, talent, as well as leadership. Sometimes leaders are born, but more often, they are made through mentoring, education, experience and a passion for what they believe in. Dynamic leaders in the arts are a key to the success of our vision for the future, with "More Arts in More Places for More People."

2020 Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award

This annual award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the arts in Chattanooga and who is actively engaged in the cultural life of our community. The award honors an individual who, through his or her exemplary efforts, has significantly contributed to building a stronger community through the arts.

The inaugural Arts Leadership Award ceremony and reception took place in 2014 honoring Ruth Holmberg for her extraordinary support of the arts and cultural community in Chattanooga for 70 years. Karen “Candy” Kruesi was honored during the 2020 Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award presentation on Tuesday, March 10. Past recipients include: Mai Bell Hurley, Fletcher Bright, Sonia Young, Booker T. Scruggs II, Alice L. Smith, and Warren Barnett.

The 2020 Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award is generously sponsored by:

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“It is our hope that this annual award honors someone who embodies the same spirit and passion for the arts as Ruth did. The recipient of the Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award is someone who has selflessly given his or her time, energy, and resources to bettering our community through the arts.”

DR. MARY POSTON TANNER / BOARD CHAIR OF ARTSBUILD

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2020 Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award

Karen “Candy” Kruesi was honored during the 2020 Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award presentation on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the Hunter Museum of American Art.

Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute

The Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute is designed for residents of the greater Chattanooga area who share a passion for advancing and engaging with the arts in our community.

Launched in 2005 in memory of long-time board member and arts advocate A. William Holmberg, Jr., the annual Institute offers behind-the-scenes site visits to cultural and educational institutions, case studies of arts agencies, panel discussions with community leaders about current issues facing the arts community, and a unique forum for pursuing shared goals among arts leaders, business leaders, educators, and philanthropic foundations.

The Holmberg Institute provides many opportunities for networking and strengthens individual talents and skills needed to serve as volunteers, board members and fund raisers. Classes typically take place on eight Tuesday mornings in September and October.

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The next Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute will be held in Fall of 2020.

Holmberg Institute for Teachers

The Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers is based on our popular leadership institute presented each fall. The Teacher Institute takes place over three consecutive days in June.

This summer Institute gives K-12 and university teachers and administrators the opportunity to gain a more in-depth understanding of the role the arts play in the greater Chattanooga area. Classes include presentations on the arts for underserved audiences, economic development, and funding for the arts. The program also includes hands-on activities, tours of arts organizations and artist studios as well as special guest speakers and panelists from the community.

ReGenerate

ReGenerate is an arts leadership program for high school students from local public and private schools. Through ReGenerate students learn about our thriving arts community, explore career and avocation opportunities in the arts, fundraise for arts equipment and supplies for elementary and middle schools, and advocate for quality arts education for all students in our community.

ReGenerate runs their own small grants program each year for local elementary and middle schools. Grants of up to $500 are available to teachers to purchase arts equipment and supplies for their classrooms. ReGenerate students serve as grant panelists and select the schools to receive funding.

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Music superstar Usher was so impressed with ReGenerate that he supported the group’s efforts through the Nancy Lackey Community Education Fund in 2017.

Make a donation to support ReGenerate’s grant program for arts equipment and supplies.

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