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Susan Shifrin is the founding director of ARTZ Philadelphia. She is an art historian and arts accessibility advocate. She received her PhD from Bryn Mawr College and has worked on the curatorial and education staffs of a number of large and small museums up and down the East coast. Susan says:“During my career, I have worked as a curator, a director of museum education, and as a teacher in higher education. My art historical scholarship and my work as a museum staffer and academic have always revolved around the interactions of objects and viewers within a social context. As a curator and museum educator, my primary passion has always led me toward facilitating viewer inclusion and participation. And as a teacher of college students, my approach is student-centered and discussion-centered.
Over the past several years, my arts-based outreach efforts have turned to engaging and serving community members living with disabilities, including those living with the diagnosis and experiences of dementia. As always, viewer inclusion and participation are the keys.”