ArtsBuild Hosts Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers

ArtsBuild will hold its third annual Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers June 2-4, 2015. The program is based on the popular leadership institute offered by ArtsBuild each fall and is specifically geared toward K-12 teachers, librarians, principals, and administrators.

Over three days the classes will focus on the impact of the arts on the local economy, downtown development, education, and quality of life. Sessions will feature hands-on activities, tours of arts organizations and artist studios as well as special guest speakers and panelists from the community.

“The teacher’s version of the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute came from a request from one of our local teachers who wanted to participate in the fall session but was unable to because of her school schedule,” said Rodney Van Valkenburg, Director of Grants and Initiatives at ArtsBuild. “The shorter, three-day intensive allows us to personalize the program for K-12 educators and administrators who have unique perspectives about arts and culture in Chattanooga.

“A total of 40 teachers have participated in the Teacher’s Institute since 2013 and Van Valkenburg expects to have at least that many attend this summer. “The feedback we received after last year’s institute was extremely positive,” Van Valkenburg said. “Teachers were excited about what they learned and were eager to share it with their fellow educators.”

The Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute was launched in 2005 in memory of long-time ArtsBuild (Allied Arts) Board member and arts advocate, A. William Holmberg, Jr.

Tuition is $65 for the three-day program and includes lunch each day, Institute materials, and a copy of A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 22. Visit for more information.