2012 Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute participants graduate
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2012 graduation class of the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute receive their certificates of completion at a Nov. 29 reception  at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.  Photo courtesy of Samuel E. Burns.
2012 graduation class of the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute receive their certificates of completion at a Nov. 29 reception at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Photo courtesy of Samuel E. Burns.
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CHATTANOOGA — Thirty community members gathered at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre Nov. 29 to present their final thoughts about the state of the arts in the Chattanooga.

The presentations were the culmination of the eighth annual Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, a program sponsored by ArtsBuild (formerly Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga).

The Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute is designed for those who share a passion for advancing the arts in Chattanooga. 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 fundraisers. The Holmberg Institute provides many opportunities for networking as the participants receive a unique behind-the-scenes view of the arts.

This year’s Holmberg Institute kicked off on Sept. 10 with an opening reception at WTCI-TV and consisted of six classes, each focusing on a different aspect of the arts in Chattanooga including education, advocacy, diversity, and downtown development. The class also spent a day in Nashville touring the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and meeting with officials at the Tennessee Arts Commission and Tennesseans for the Arts.

“The Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute has enhanced our community by engaging talented and dynamic citizens to understand the role the arts play to make Chattanooga a great place to live and work,” commented Rodney Van Valkenburg, director of Grants and Initiatives at ArtsBuild. “This class has demonstrated excellent leadership skills that will greatly benefit not only our arts community, but all of Hamilton County.”

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 include level of interest in the arts, background, relevant experience, and degree of commitment to volunteer for service with arts and cultural institutions.