Long Island Children’s Museum announced that Erika S. Floreska has been named president.
Floreska’s connection with the Children’s Museum began 18 years ago when her family became museum members, shortly after moving to Baldwin. She sought out places in her new community that were welcoming environments for her family.
Throughout her 30-year career, Floreska has contributed to moving the mission forward at some of New York’s most vibrant cultural institutions including Bloomingdale School of Music, Tectonic Theater Project and Jazz at Lincoln Center before joining Long Island Children’s Museum as director of development in 2020.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, she assumed a strategic role in producing the museum’s first virtual benefit, surpassing the goal by more than 10%, raising $660,000. During her three-year tenure at LICM, she has co-created and led a strategic effort to deepen long-standing relationships with foundations and corporations and establish new sponsorship opportunities. She’s worked to develop new and expanded individual giving opportunities, all resulting in over a 20% increase in contributed income, helping return the museum to financial health through the COVID-19 pandemic.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, she traces her commitment to arts and education service to growing up in a family filled with musicians and educators. She is a passionate advocate for music education and a professional musician, holding two degrees in Flute Performance from the College of Wooster, and the University of Michigan. Floreska lives in Baldwin with her husband and two children.