Developing Tomorrow’s Arts Leaders Today

The Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute is designed for those who share a passion for advancing the arts in our community. Offered each fall, the four-month program develops leadership skills necessary to prepare the participants for prominent roles within arts organizations. The Holmberg Institute educates participants about the mission and goals of ArtsBuild and Chattanooga arts organizations; explores current issues facing the arts community; and strengthens individual talents and skills needed to serve as volunteers, board members and fund raisers. The Holmberg Institute provides many opportunities for networking as the participants receive a unique behind-the-scenes view of the arts.

Launched in 2005, The Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute is offered annually by ArtsBuild in memory of long-time board member and arts advocate A. William Holmberg, Jr. A maximum of 30 people have the opportunity to participate in the program each year. Criteria for selection of participants will include level of interest in the arts, background, relevant experience, and degree of commitment to volunteer for service with arts and cultural institutions.

Highlights

The Institute offers behind-the-scenes visits to cultural and educational institutions, panel discussions with community leaders, case studies of arts agencies and a unique forum for pursuing shared goals among arts leaders, educators, business people and foundations. Topics to be addressed include non-profit governance, fundraising, public funding, arts education, cultural sensitivity, marketing and audience development. Site visits will be made to institutions such as the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, the Tivoli Theatre, Normal Park Magnet School, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center and the Center for Creative Arts. Additional benefits include a class project studying Daniel H. Pink’s book, A Whole New Mind (each participant will receive a copy). Graduates of the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute will be identified as potential board member and committee candidates for cultural organizations.

ArtsBuild assures that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination in the programs and services or in the employment practices on the grounds of disability, age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other classification protected by Federal, Tennessee State constitutional, or statutory law.

Apply

For more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures, please contact Rodney Van Valkenburg, Director of Grants and Initiatives, at (423) 756-2787. 

Holmberg Arts Leadership for Teachers

ArtsBuild’s 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. The fall 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.

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.

The next Teacher Institute will be held June 6-8, 2017. Questions? Call/email Rodney Van Valkenburg at (423) 756-2787 or rodney@artsbuild.com.

Holmberg Alumni Association

The mission of the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute Alumni Association is to continue developing the leadership skills of its members; to provide networking opportunities for its members and the community while serving as an advocate for the arts and supporting the mission of ArtsBuild.

Past Institute Graduates

News

34 Participants Graduate from ArtsBuild’s Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute

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

Rowena Belcher
Sandra Brewer
Kim Brown
Tom Brown
Katie Byrum
Meredith Callis
Shawnessey Cargile
Mitch Carter
David Chambers
Callan Cook
Jennifer Crutchfield
Ingrid Dysinger
Jana Eichel
Karen Estes
Douglas Finlay
Hannah Hahn
Sasha Hasanbegovic
Sarah Hooper
Matthew Hubbard
Brittany Johnson-Mills
Ray Ann Kurtz
Kathy Lennon
Whitni McDonald
Sally Moore
Michele Mummert
Jeff Raabe
Erica Roberts-Blackmon
Bill Robinson
Natasha Romanova
David Spiller
Staci Spring
Cassie Terpening
Leigh Todd
Tara Viland

 

Twenty Educators Participate in ArtsBuild Leadership Program

ArtsBuild held its fourth Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers June 1-3. The program is based on the organization’s popular arts leadership institute presented each fall.

The summer Institute gave 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 included presentations on the arts for underserved audiences, economic development, and funding for the arts. The program also included hands-on activities, tours of arts organizations and artist studios as well as special guest speakers and panelists from the community.

“This is the only arts leadership program for teachers that we are aware of in the country. Through the Institute, teachers make connections with our arts community and have a deeper appreciation of our arts infrastructure which will benefit the educators professionally and personally,” said Rodney Van Valkenburg, ArtsBuild’s Director of Grants and Initiatives.

Twenty teachers participated in this year’s Institute, representing 15 local public and private schools. Participants included classroom, PE, theatre, music, science, and English teachers, among others.

“The Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers gave us the opportunity to connect with 20 teachers of like minds as we experienced first-hand the Chattanooga arts community,” said Lisa Steele, a second grade teacher at Ooltewah Elementary. “We were refreshed with new insights that encouraged us individually and helped us realize that Chattanooga’s rich arts environment can do the same for our students. We will be better advocates for the arts in the curriculum now that we know that we are not alone.”

2016 Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers participants:

Sally Bates, Dupont Elementary
Meg Brock, Girls Preparatory School
Barbara Crosslin, Lookout Valley Elementary
Ursula Greene, Hixson Elementary
Leslie Guthrie, Lookout Valley Elementary
Margaret Hall, Red Bank Elementary
Michael Holsomback, Chattanooga State Community College
Maggie Hudgins, Center for Creative Arts
Catherine Ingalls, Girls Preparatory School
Jonathan Jackson, Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe High School
Craig Johnson, Barger Academy
Melodie Jones, Lookout Valley Elementary
Jessica Laliberte Bowman, Center for Creative Arts
Mary Lewis, Center for Creative Arts
Marilyn Medley, East Ridge Elementary
Mary Lauren Rethorn, Calvin Donaldson Elementary
Christina Siciliano, Chattanooga School of Excellence
Sara Southard, Harrison Elementary
Lisa Steele, Ooltewah Elementary
Mary Vlasis, Chattanooga School for Arts & Sciences