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Beginning Monday, October 5, ArtsBuild is accepting nominations for the 2016 Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award. This annual award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the arts in Chattanooga and who is actively engaged in the cultural life of our community. The award honors an individual who, through his or her exemplary efforts, has significantly contributed to building a stronger community through the arts.

2016 Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award Nomination Form and Guidelines

The inaugural Arts Leadership Award ceremony and reception took place in March 2014. The first award recognized Ruth Holmberg for her extraordinary support of the arts and cultural community in Chattanooga over the past 69 years. In subsequent years, the annual award honors Mrs. Holmberg by establishing it as the Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award. Mai Bell Hurley was chosen as the 2015 award recipient.

“It is our hope that this annual award continues to honor an individual who embodies the same spirit and passion for the arts as Ruth,” said Dan Bowers, President of ArtsBuild. “The recipient of the Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award is someone who has selflessly given his or her time, energy, and resources to bettering our community through the arts.”

The nomination criteria and submission form can be found on ArtsBuild’s website, www.artsbuild.com, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or calling (423) 756-2787. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, November 25 at 5:00pm. The 2016 Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8 at the Hunter Museum of American Art.