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 Application

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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 2018. 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

Twenty-Three Educators Participate in ArtsBuild Leadership Program

ArtsBuild held its fifth Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers June 6-8. The program is based on the organization’s popular arts leadership institute presented each fall.

The summer Institute gave Pre-K-12 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-three teachers participated in this year’s Institute, representing 13 local public and private schools. Participants included art, theatre, music, science, math, and literacy teachers, among others.

Claire Stockman, lead music teacher at Red Bank Elementary, participated in the program this year. “Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers opened my eyes to the myriad of arts activities going on in our great city,” said Stockman. “I am excited to plan the next school year with new contacts in Chattanooga’s community of artists and to engage every child, every day, in the arts.”

2017 Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers participants:

Amy Ball, Orchard Knob Elementary School
Jennifer Brockett, Red Bank High School
Sheree Brundage, Harrison Elementary School
Lindsay Burgess, Westview/Nolan/Apison Elementary Schools
Cathy Carroccio, Center for Creative Arts
Katie Claiborne, Hixson High School
Lauralyn Drake, Big Ridge Elementary School
David Dunn, various private schools
Sharon Dunn, various private schools
Pamela Foster, Daisy Elementary School
Pam Hopkins, Loftis Middle School
Alex Jackson, Lakeview Fort-Oglethorpe High School
Betty Julian, Thrasher Elementary School
James McClary, Allen Elementary School
Claire Millsaps, Big Ridge Elementary School
Aaron Moore, Center for Creative Arts
Robbie Morgan, Daisy Elementary School
Glynna Pate, Center for Creative Arts
Jessica Peck, Center for Creative Arts
Marcia Smith, Center for Creative Arts
Claire Stockman, Red Bank Elementary School
Bryony Stroud-Watson, various private schools
Kim Thompson, retired music teacher

ArtsBuild Hosts Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers

ArtsBuild will hold its fifth annual Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers June 6-8, 2017. 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 a local teacher 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 70 teachers have participated in the Teacher’s Institute since 2013. “The feedback we receive after each year’s institute has been extremely positive,” Van Valkenburg said. “Teachers are excited about what they learn and are eager to share it with their fellow educators.”

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 19.

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