ArtsBuild To Honor Ruth Holmberg With Arts Leadership Award

Reception March 11 At Warehouse Row

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Ruth Holmberg
Ruth Holmberg

ArtsBuild (formerly Allied Arts) will present its first Annual Arts Leadership Award to Ruth Holmberg during a reception ceremony on Tuesday, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at The Space at Warehouse Row. The award will recognize Mrs. Holmberg for her support of the arts and cultural community in Chattanooga over the past 68 years.

Presented by ArtsBuild, the Arts Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has made substantial contributions to the arts in Chattanooga and who is actively engaged in the cultural life of the community. The award honors an individual who, through his or her exemplary efforts, has significantly contributed to building a stronger community through the arts.

Ms. Holmberg served as publisher of the The Chattanooga Times from 1964-1992. Her leadership positions in the arts include former chair of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Association and the Hunter Museum of American Art and as a founding member of the Tennessee Arts Commission.

“When we decided to establish this award, there was really no debate over who should be the first recipient,” said Dan Bowers, president of ArtsBuild. “Ruth Holmberg embodies ArtsBuild’s mission of building a stronger community through the arts. Without her vision and unparalleled leadership, Chattanooga would not be the vibrant arts community it is today.” 

“It is impossible to say enough about what Ruth has done for the arts in Chattanooga,” said Daniel Stetson, executive director of the Hunter Museum of American Art. “Her involvement with the Hunter spans more than 50 years, and her generosity is visible on the walls in many of our galleries.  As a staff member said to me this week, ‘Ruth is an arts angel whose generosity inspires a community.'  Ruth is one of the most generous, intelligent and caring arts citizens I have ever had the privilege to know. She is a model to us all.”

In a Chattanooga Times Free Press op-ed in 2011, Ms. Holmberg wrote, “the arts enrich and benefit the lives of the communities we live in. That’s certainly true of Chattanooga. Arts and culture are part of what make our community vibrant and special. Chattanooga has a long history of support for the arts, and the arts have played an integral part in the revitalization of the community. Indeed, the arts will continue to be a major player at the table as the community’s renaissance continues.” 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.artsbuild.com or call 756-2787.


Arts Council Seeking Entries For Downtown Public Art Projects

The Arts Council, Inc. along with community partners announced two public art projects in the works for downtown Huntsville. While these projects are different in scope, they both offer a chance for a wide variety of artists to participate in the burgeoning public art movement in the Rocket City. The City of Huntsville, The Arts Council and Sealy Property Development, LLC seek ... (click for more)

CARTA’s Christmas And New Year’s Holiday Schedules

On Christmas Eve, CARTA will discontinue all bus services early.  The last trip leaving downtown on the Eastgate/Hamilton Place route will be at 5:30 p.m.  The last Downtown Shuttle will leave Shuttle Park North returning to the Choo Choo at 6 p.m.  The last trip leaving downtown will be at 7:30 p.m. on the following routes:  Alton Park, East Lake, East Chattanooga/Avondale, ... (click for more)

Investor Group Plans $31 Million Hotel In Chattanooga Bank Building

An investor group announced that it is planning the development of an upscale 150-room hotel in the historic Chattanooga Bank Building. MCA is comprised of 20 EB-5 investors as limited partners with Red Leaf Development, managed by David Roos, as the general partner. Long-time partner PHG is involved in the development of the hotel and will be responsible for its management ... (click for more)

Police Say Texts From Slain Minister Detailed Drug Deals

An investigator testified Thursday that a minister who was beaten to death during an apparent drug deal had texts on his phone dealing with similar exchanges of illegal drugs. The minister's wife said he had gone out that night as part of a church counseling program to women. General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck bound charges of felony murder and especially aggravated ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: God Bless Cathy & Co.

The secret to the whole thing is not getting caught but somebody at the Toys R Us store in Framingham, Mass., had a camera when Cathy O’Grady was very quietly paying off all the layaway balances at the popular location last week. The picture snaked its way onto social media sites and her friends quickly recognized the area’s most famous “layaway angel.” Then somebody in nearby ... (click for more)