Youth Education Program Director
bberg4art@comcast.net

In 1989, I moved from San Jose to Boulder Creek, just in time for the October 17th Loma Prieta Earthquake. Post-earthquake support and camaraderie put me in touch with a rich cache of artists living in the mountains. One of the first post-earthquake people that I met was the gregarious Ann Turner, who encouraged me to meet with a group of local artists and art advocates at the Boulder Creek Library. It didn’t take me long to join forces with that remarkable community of artists. I collaborated on local art events and guerrilla exhibitions that spanned Santa Cruz County to Silicon Valley. Thanks to the intelligent leadership of SJSU art history professor Shirlee Byrd, the San Lorenzo Valley Arts Project operated under the supportive umbrella of the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County. That group of focused valley artists, as most of you know, became the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center.

As one of the Art Center’s Founder’s, I am invested in its mission, success and continued growth. Recognizing the need for continuous, dedicated and informed leadership, I have stepped-up to fill the vacancy as the Youth Education Director and Board Member for the next year. I come to the position with a strong background in education, both youth and adults. As a Montessori trained educator, I have taught, directed and owned schools for preschoolers through fifth grade. I have also taught art to adults at the Art Center and at UCSC for over twenty years. Although being in the classroom brings me the greatest joy, I am an experienced and capable program leader and look forward to the next year as the SCMAC’s Youth Education Director.