Erica Bondarev Rapach
Erica Bondarev Rapach is Associate Executive Director of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland where she identifies, initiates and cultivates strategic partnerships with both the campus and the local community. She informs the design and implementation of responsive, partnership-based programs with the goal of increasing access to and participation in the arts, creating professional development opportunities for students and artists, and inspiring arts citizenship by activating creative expression for social change.
Erica was a key player in launching MilkBoy ArtHouse, a restaurant and arts venue in downtown College Park that is the only public-private partnership of its kind connected to a university campus. Erica initiated, convenes, and facilitates annual Clarice Community Action People gatherings where local educators, artists, administrators, and activists network with each other and Clarice staff to share best practices and lessons learned. To ensure The Clarice was recognizing its partners, Erica designed and implemented an annual Arts Citizenship Celebration that applauds and thanks both campus and community collaborators. Erica also manages the mandatory student fee process for The Clarice which secures $1.9 million in funding annually.
Erica has been Associate Executive Director since August of 2014 and was previously Director of Marketing & Communications at The Clarice. In that role she oversaw media relations, advertising, promotions, and guest experience. She came to The Clarice from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where she helped launch the BSO at Strathmore’s marketing campaign, spearheaded the redesign of the orchestra’s website and initiated its digital marketing strategy.
A violinist by hobby, Erica played with the Volgograd Symphony Orchestra while a Peace Corps volunteer in Russia and initiated a first-ever U.S. tour for the group. It was there she learned that arts administration was her true calling. She completed American University’s Arts Management Graduate program and has now returned to the program as Adjunct Faculty, teaching Marketing the Arts and Community Engagement in the Arts. Erica received her Bachelor's degree in International Studies and Russian Language & Literature with a minor in music from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Erica founded her own personal branding company, Restyle with Erica, in 2017 after working as an image consultant for Kristel Closets for 5 years. She is married to a fellow arts administrator, has two daughters, and is fluent in Russian. Erica finds stillness and purpose on her yoga mat.