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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.

Tuition is $280 and a limited number of scholarships are available. With keynote speakers and panelists drawn from the community’s leaders, classes will take place from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm on the following days: September 13, September 20, and September 27, October 4 (all-day trip to Nashville), October 18, October 25, and November 1. A welcome reception will be held on September 12 at 5:30 pm and a graduation program and reception on Thursday, November 10, also at 5:30 pm.

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.



2016 Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute Application


The deadline for applications is August 12, 2016. For more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 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.

Focusing on personal development, the institute provides teachers the opportunity to meet community leaders and to deepen their appreciation for the role the arts play in making Chattanooga one of the "best mid-sized cities in the South."*

Questions? Call/email Rodney Van Valkenburg, (423) 756-2787 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*American Style Magazine, May 2010


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.


Holmberg Alumni Events

Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute 10th Anniversary Membership Kick-Off Celebration


Past Institute Graduates

2005 Holmberg Arts Leadership Class (PDF)
2006 Holmberg Arts Leadership Class (PDF)
2007 Holmberg Arts Leadership Class (PDF)
2008 Holmberg Arts Leadership Class (PDF)
2009 Holmberg Arts Leadership Class (PDF)
2010 Holmberg Arts Leadership Class (PDF)
2011 Holmberg Arts Leadership Class (PDF)
2012 Holmberg Arts Leadership Class (PDF)
2013 Holmberg Arts Leadership for Teachers Class (PDF)
2013 Holmberg Arts Leadership Class (PDF)
2014 Holmberg Arts Leadership for Teachers Class (PDF)
2014 Holmberg Arts Leadership Class (PDF)



Nineteen Educators Participate in ArtsBuild Leadership Program

ArtsBuild held its third annual Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers June 2-4, 2015. 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.

Nineteen teachers participated in this year’s Institute, representing 11 public and private schools. Participants included classroom, fine arts, theatre, music, STEM, and English teachers, among others.

“This is the only arts leadership program for teachers 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.

"Attending the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute was truly an enriching experience both personally and professionally,” said Amy Medley, a 2015 participant and Dean of Fine Arts at the Center for Creative Arts. “As a Holmberg participant, I gained a deeper understanding of the impact and importance of the arts in our community. From the cultural programs we all love, to the infusion of arts in social service outreach endeavors - a lot is going on with the arts in Chattanooga. One more reason we are the ‘Best Town’ in my opinion," said Medley.

2015 Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers participants:

Michelle Bailey, Thrasher Elementary School
Liz Bullard, Center for Creative Arts
Amy Burton, Barger Academy
Rebecca Clark, Nolan Elementary School
Carrie Cook, Ooltewah High School
Ronda Foster, East Hamilton High School
Lee Garner, Signal Centers
Megan Grant, Signal Centers
Bill Jamieson, McCallie School
Gaye Jeffers, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Stephanie Mathis, Thrasher Elementary School
Felicion McMillon-Diakhate, Barger Academy
Amy Medley, Center for Creative Arts
Heidi Mies, Thrasher Elementary School
Michael Mitchell, Barger Academy
Karen Schmidt, Big Ridge Elementary School
Emily Ann Simpson, Normal Park Elementary School
Kim Thompson, Retired
Beth Willocks, East Hamilton High School