Twenty Educators Participate in ArtsBuild Leadership Program

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ArtsBuild held its fourth Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers June 1-3. 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.

“This is the only arts leadership program for teachers that we are aware of 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.

Twenty teachers participated in this year’s Institute, representing 15 local public and private schools. Participants included classroom, PE, theatre, music, science, and English teachers, among others.

“The Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers gave us the opportunity to connect with 20 teachers of like minds as we experienced first-hand the Chattanooga arts community,” said Lisa Steele, a second grade teacher at Ooltewah Elementary. “We were refreshed with new insights that encouraged us individually and helped us realize that Chattanooga’s rich arts environment can do the same for our students. We will be better advocates for the arts in the curriculum now that we know that we are not alone.”

2016 Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers participants:

  • Sally Bates, Dupont Elementary
  • Meg Brock, Girls Preparatory School
  • Barbara Crosslin, Lookout Valley Elementary
  • Ursula Greene, Hixson Elementary
  • Leslie Guthrie, Lookout Valley Elementary
  • Margaret Hall, Red Bank Elementary
  • Michael Holsomback, Chattanooga State Community College
  • Maggie Hudgins, Center for Creative Arts
  • Catherine Ingalls, Girls Preparatory School
  • Jonathan Jackson, Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe High School
  • Craig Johnson, Barger Academy
  • Melodie Jones, Lookout Valley Elementary
  • Jessica Laliberte Bowman, Center for Creative Arts
  • Mary Lewis, Center for Creative Arts
  • Marilyn Medley, East Ridge Elementary
  • Mary Lauren Rethorn, Calvin Donaldson Elementary
  • Christina Siciliano, Chattanooga School of Excellence
  • Sara Southard, Harrison Elementary
  • Lisa Steele, Ooltewah Elementary
  • Mary Vlasis, Chattanooga School for Arts & Sciences

Applications for the Fall Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute will be available in July at www.artsbuild.com.

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