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.


PHOTOS: Kyle Avenue Strut On Lookout Mountain

Children and their methods of conveyance were the stars of the Kyle Avenue Strut at Lookout Mountain, Tn. (click for more)

North Market Street Closures Announced For Utility Work

The southbound and center lanes of North Market Street will be closed from  8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  on  Monday through Wednesday, for a utility project at 109 N. Market St. Traffic will be detoured west on Kent Street, then south on Velma Street, east on Cherokee Boulevard, and back to Market Street.  In order to view a map of all closures, ... (click for more)

Highway 58 Man Charged In Fatal Hit And Run In Dayton, Tn.

A Highway 58 man has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit and run of a Rhea County man.   Walter Hale was badly injured and later died after he was struck in Dayton.   Authorities were led to Douglas Edward Alvey, 52, through video from the We Care business in Dayton, where the 60-year-old victim worked.   After officers with the Dayton ... (click for more)

Man, 78, Found Dead With Gunshot Wound To The Chest At Residence On Central Avenue

A 78-year-old man has been found dead with a gunshot wound to the chest at a residence on Central Avenue. Chattanooga Police were called to the 1900 block of Central Avenue on Thursday at 10:08 a.m. Upon arrival, Chattanooga Police officers located George Garth deceased. At this time there is no suspect information available. Chattanooga Violent Crimes Bureau investigators ... (click for more)

Patrol Cars Donation To Kevin Muhammad's Nation Of Islam Sets A Dangerous Precedent

Re: City Police donating two patrol cars to Kevin Muhammad's Nation of Islam: While I know it's unpopular to mention the wisdom of separation of church and state, this sets a dangerous precedent and should meet with concern from everyone who values religious and secular freedom. What's next? Southern Baptists getting old city parking scooters to patrol church parking lots ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Thanks A Lot For Nothing

Somebody should have gotten an award last Tuesday when a 90-minute “education summit” involving our school leaders, politicians and media produced absolutely nothing. Zilch. Zero. Oh, there are a number of candidates we could give an award for “nothing,” both in our school district and on its fringes. Yet to find Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen brought her high-and-mighty ... (click for more)