CULTURE

NOUN

1 The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively:

Berenika’s professional non-profit arts and culture management stems from her Harvard undergraduate thesis which focused on the building of arts and cultural centers in the United States, and then her Oxford dissertation which broadened her interest to the European Union. At Harvard she was a member of the Signet Society of Arts and Letters, The Hasty Pudding and the Bee Social Club. At Oxford she was a member of Christ Church College.

She is deeply passionate about the state of arts and culture and aims to curate artistic and cultural experiences of the highest quality and artistic innovation.

DEVOS FELLOWSHIP KENNEDY CENTER WASHINGTON DC

She attended the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC under the leadership of arts management guru – Michael Kaiser. The Fellowship at the DeVos institute of Arts Management is an immersive program in arts management strategy hosted at the nation’s cultural center and one of the largest and most dynamic performing arts institutions.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CASA ROMANTICA CULTURAL CENTER AND GARDENS SAN CLEMENTE CALIFORNIA

Berenika is responsible for the artistic, administrative, and facilities operations of Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and is the historic home of the founder of the City of San Clemente. Casa Romantica provides programs for all ages in arts, music, history, horticulture and literature and is a premier Southern California cultural center. Since assuming the position of Executive Director in July 2013, Berenika has produced over 100 events expanding the entire scope of programs and cultural offerings. Her conception of “Casa Captivating” branding, and a set of programs has enlivened the organization. 2014 will continue and build on these programs and enable the strategic vision and planning for the future.

CHAIRMAN ARTS AND CULTURE COMMISSION DANA POINT CALIFORNIA

She also became the Chairman of the The Dana Point Arts and Culture Commission, which is a is a decision-making body tasked with reviewing matters related to Arts and Culture in Dana Point. She recommends to the City Council the adoption of such rules and regulations as it may deem necessary for the administration and preservation of fine arts, performing arts, historical, aesthetic and cultural aspects of the community.

FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DANA POINT SYMPHONY DANA POINT CALIFORNIA

She is in her fourth season as Artistic Director of the Dana Point Symphony.  Berenika led the strategy and implementation for the founding of a symphony orchestra serving 4000 yearly attendees. She produced, musically and artistically created, wrote, and directed a large-scale outdoor show aboard a moored 3-masted schooner, The Pilgrim, in Dana Point Harbor with aerialists, musicians, and singers.