Nineteen Educators Participate in ArtsBuild Leadership Program

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

Applications for the Fall Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute will be available in July at