ArtsBuild Welcomes 32 Participants to the 11th Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute

ArtsBuild welcomed 32 new class members to its 11th annual Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute during a reception at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center on Monday, September 14, 2015.

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.

“We have another outstanding group for our Holmberg Arts Leadership class this year,” said Rodney Van Valkenburg, Director of Grants and Initiatives at ArtsBuild. “Over the next two months they will make connections and have experiences that will prepare them to be even better leaders in our community and in strengthening Chattanooga through the arts.”

In the past ten years more than 330 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.

“I am looking forward to participating in this year’s class and experiencing a ‘behind the scenes’ approach to the arts in Chattanooga,” said Donna Killian, 2015 class participant and Vice-President at First Tennessee Bank. “I believe one of our greatest assets is our thriving and diverse arts community.  Chattanooga is fortunate to have organizations such as ArtsBuild and the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute that provide a broad spectrum of visual, cultural and educational art opportunities for our entire community.”

2015 Holmberg Arts Leadership Class:

Mary Howard Ade, Chattanooga Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Taylor Brown, Chattanooga Symphony & Opera
Chad Bullard, Tech Town Foundation
Ella Clark, The Clark Group
Rachel Clark, Message in Motion
Nicole Coleman, City of Chattanooga, Youth and Family Development
Chelsea Conrad, Causeway
Stephanie Crowell, Visual Arts Educator
Catherine Daniels, Plum Nelly Shop & Gallery
Anna Golladay, Top Flight, Inc.
Neil Grant, Sculptor
Donna Horn, Hamilton County School Board
Mindy Kelly, Studio MK
Michael Kendall, East Lake Expression Engine
Donna Killian, First Tennessee Bank
Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee, READ 20
Megan McDowell, Student, UTC
Marcus McKamey, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Victoria Overholser, Grassroots midTown
Becky Pope, Community Volunteer
Rhett Reeves, Southern Lit Alliance
Carolina Shrewsbury, On Rope 1
Sage Smith, East Chattanooga Academy of Art and Social Justice
Stephanie Smith, Freelance Artist/Writer
Cinnamon Smith, Dance Instructor
Philip Stetson, Art 120
Barb Storm, Mountain Arts Community Center
Christian Sullivan, Creative Discovery Museum
Savannah Thomas, Chattanooga Market/Workspace
Laura Walker, The Folk School of Chattanooga
Cynthia Wilson, WTCI-PBS
Jonathan Wilson, Attorney
Kyle Wilson, Attorney, Miller and Martin


2015 Holmberg Leadership Class (Photo Credit: Samuel Burns)