Furthering the arts in our community takes dedication, effort, talent, as well as leadership. Sometimes leaders are born, but more often, they are made through mentoring, education, experience and a passion for what they believe in. Dynamic leaders in the arts are a key to the success of our vision for the future, with "More Arts in More Places for More People."

2021 Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award

The annual Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts in Chattanooga and who are actively engaged in the cultural life of our community.

The inaugural Arts Leadership Award took place in 2014. The first award recognized Ruth Holmberg for her extraordinary support of the arts and cultural community in Chattanooga over 70 years. Since 2014, the annual award has honored Mrs. Holmberg with her name as the Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award. Past recipients include Mai Bell Hurley, Fletcher Bright, Sonia Young, Booker T. Scruggs II, Alice L. Smith, Warren Barnett, and Candy Kruesi.

NEW THIS YEAR: ArtsBuild will give the Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership award to two individuals. We encourage nominations for anyone who is an “Arts Builder,” or those people who exemplify ArtsBuild’s mission to build a stronger community through the arts as demonstrated by their significant contributions to and leadership in the arts community.

Nominees could be described by any of these examples. Someone who has:

·       given generously of their own financial resources (a philanthropist)
·       garnered philanthropic support from others (a fundraiser)
·       made an impact locally through their art form (an artist)
·       inspired young people through arts education (a teacher)
·       offered tireless service within the arts community (a volunteer)
·       led by speaking and writing about the importance of the arts (an advocate)
·       successfully led or started an arts organization or arts program (an administrator)
·       led through policy, action, and strategic direction for the arts (a board member)
·       OR anyone else who has demonstrated exemplary support of the arts in Chattanooga!

The 2021 Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award recipients will be selected between April and May and will be honored and recognized publicly in early June. However, there will not be an in-person reception planned at this time.

“It is our hope that this annual award honors someone who embodies the same spirit and passion for the arts as Ruth did. 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.”


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2021 Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award

ArtsBuild is accepting nominations through March 31, 2021. Nominate someone today!

Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute

The Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute is designed for residents of the greater Chattanooga area who share a passion for advancing and engaging with the arts in our community.

Launched in 2005 in memory of long-time board member and arts advocate A. William Holmberg, Jr., the annual Institute offers behind-the-scenes site visits to cultural and educational institutions, case studies of arts agencies, panel discussions with community leaders about current issues facing the arts community, and a unique forum for pursuing shared goals among arts leaders, business leaders, educators, and philanthropic foundations.

The Holmberg Institute provides many opportunities for networking and strengthens individual talents and skills needed to serve as volunteers, board members and fund raisers. Classes will take place on the last Thursday of each month from April through December.


Learn How to Apply

The application deadline for the 2021 Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute was Friday, March 26.

Holmberg Institute for Teachers

The 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.

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.


ReGenerate is an arts leadership program for high school students from local public and private schools. Through ReGenerate students learn about our thriving arts community, explore career and avocation opportunities in the arts, fundraise for arts equipment and supplies for elementary and middle schools, and advocate for quality arts education for all students in our community.

ReGenerate runs their own small grants program each year for local elementary and middle schools. Grants of up to $500 are available to teachers to purchase arts equipment and supplies for their classrooms. ReGenerate students serve as grant panelists and select the schools to receive funding.



Music superstar Usher was so impressed with ReGenerate that he supported the group’s efforts through the Nancy Lackey Community Education Fund in 2017.

Make a donation to support ReGenerate’s grant program for arts equipment and supplies.


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