The Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the arts in Chattanooga and who is actively engaged in the cultural life of our community. This annual award honors an individual who, through his or her exemplary efforts, has significantly contributed to building a stronger community through the arts.
The inaugural Arts Leadership Award ceremony and reception took place on March 11, 2014. The first award recognized Ruth Holmberg for her extraordinary support of the arts and cultural community in Chattanooga over the past 69 years. In subsequent years, the annual award honors Mrs. Holmberg by establishing it as the Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award.
2015 Recipient - Mai Bell Hurley
2016 Recipient - Fletcher Bright
2017 Recipient - Sonia Young
Guidelines for the 2018 Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award nominations:
Nominators must currently live or work in the greater Chattanooga area.
Self-nominations are accepted.
Nominations will be accepted through October 14 and November 21, 2017.
Nominations will not be accepted after November 21, 2017.
Nominators must use the official Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award nomination form, which may be found online at
Nominations may be submitted online using this form, by emailing
or mailing a completed form to 301 E. 11th Street, Suite 300 Chattanooga, TN 37403.
Faxed nominations will not be accepted.
Nominees must be individuals currently living or working in the greater Chattanooga area.
Significant contribution to the arts, either as an artist, arts philanthropist and/or volunteer
Substantial leadership in the greater Chattanooga arts community
Consideration will be given to reflect the breadth and diversity of the community's demographics, contribution types and mix of individuals.