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.


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.


The 2019 application deadline was August 26, 2019. Please click here for application information. For more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures, please contact Rodney Van Valkenburg, President – Interim, 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 2020. Questions? Call/email Rodney Van Valkenburg at (423) 756-2787 or

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