After three years at Premier Arts Collective, Alexis Krcelic will be stepping into her next chapter of life and pursuing her life-long dream of opening a bakery (basta. bakery) in September. Alexis was the driving force behind our re-branding from Premier Foundation to Premier Arts Collective and is responsible for developing and implementing many of our art and music therapy programs. As Director of Events and Programs, her drive, determination and compassion was instrumental in establishing the foundation for PAC’s healing and therapeutic work.
Alexis’ devotion to helping people in need has always been a beacon in her life, and we know that passion will continue at basta. She will be missed at PAC, but we know that wherever she is in life she will continue to shine. A special thank you to Alexis for sharing her ideas, creativity, and passion with us and those we serve.
1. Where do you find your daily inspiration?
I find my daily inspiration by seeing the help the world needs. There is so much hurt, pain, and suffering all around, but I know I can do something about it with my life’s actions. I believe God creates people who focus on the macro aspects of life and others who focus on the micro. I have seemingly focused on the macro – dreaming about making a BIG impact in the world. However, it’s through the micro events of daily life that change and joy happens little by little. Experiencing that change and joy firsthand continues to push me to help others experience it as well.
2. You’ve visited and lived all over the world. What have you learned from those experiences that you carry with you today?
I’ve learned that there are so many ways to live your life and to experience the world. It has helped me see people as people and not as something scary or foreign simply because I may not initially understand them or their culture. Seeing the world has also given me a greater appreciation for all I have, and it reminds me that there is more out there than just my bubble.
3. You’ve served at Premier Foundation/Premier Arts Collective for over three years. What would you like your legacy to be?
The aspect of my work I am most proud of is assisting in the re-branding from Premier Foundation to Premier Arts Collective. It is not about a name change or a bright, new logo. Rather, it’s about focusing on a mission of healing and therapy that I care so deeply about. I absolutely love what we do at PAC, and to know I am one of the people who made that happen is humbling.
4. What’s next for Alexis Krcelic?
Life has a way of happening so quickly. I am opening a storefront! In my spare time, I’ve been running a vegan bakery called basta. as a way to make a difference in the world and have some therapy and healing of my own through baking. In August 2022, I will be opening a storefront in West Greenville. I couldn’t be more excited to see my childhood dream of using baking to bring more joy to people coming true.
5. Favorite Quote at the Moment?
My favorite quote, and one I have tattooed on my arm, is “Know Thyself.”- Socrates
I think one of the best things we can do for ourselves and for others we interact with is to always be in the habit of getting to know yourself everyday. Staying present with who you are, where you’re being led, and what’s in front of you is a gift that no one can take from you.