Heide Barrenechea

Making cultural venues visible and strengthening civic engagement in rural areas. It is my wish to accompany and implement this.

Heide Barrenechea unterstützt Wider Sense TraFo als operative Projektleitung des Projekts „Kirchturmdenken"

As operational project manager in the project „Kirchturmdenken. Sakralbauten in ländlichen Räumen: Ankerpunkte lokaler Entwicklung und Knotenpunkte überregionaler Vernetzung“, Heide Barrenechea is responsible for the evaluation and documentation of the program. As an art historian with experience in museum contexts and in the field of cultural education, it is particularly important to her to make cultural sites accessible and programs sustainable and feasible. Because this is the only way to promote social engagement and effectively implement knowledge structures.

In addition to her work for Wider Sense TraFo, Heide is responsible for the Volkswagen Art4All program for Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. Previously, she was responsible for commercial program management at lab.Bode – Initiative zur Stärkung der Vermittlungsarbeit in Museen, was responsible for publication projects as a freelance art scholar, worked administratively and editorially for the Education & Outreach department at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and taught at various universities (Berlin University of the Arts and Kunstakademie Düsseldorf).

Heide Barrenechea studied art history, sociology and psychology in Heidelberg and Berlin. After receiving her master’s degree at Freie Universität, she was a member of the graduate program “Das Wissen der Künste” (UdK). In this context she began on a dissertation on photography in the Middle East.

Why did you choose working for Wider Sense?

Because I see working in an interdisciplinary team as enriching for my own thinking and doing. And because I consider accessibility and participation in culture as well as the promotion of social participation to be important, especially in rural areas.

What is a random fact about you?

I love baking apple pie with my two children. I also enjoy having time to myself with white wine and a good movie or visiting exciting exhibitions with friends that encourage reflection and dialogue.