American Perceptionalism examines how museums are reinventing themselves in a changing world. It engages with the most important issues facing museums – exhibit development, virtual experiences, community engagement and co-creation, diversity and inclusion, research and evaluation, and more.
My name is Isabel Singer (she/her pronouns) and I am an experience designer, content strategist, and proud museum person! Located in the Windy City, I am employed at the experience design firm Luci Creative and serve as the Chairperson of the Chicago Museum Exhibitors Group. I have worked on projects for a diversity of institutions, including the National Music Museum, The Buffalo History Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, and the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum. An enthusiastic museum blogger, I have contributed to the Art Museum Teaching blog, SuperHelpful Letters, and the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network’s blog, and more.
A huge advocate for the discipline of history, I have an MPhil from the University of Cambridge in American history and a B.A. in history from Yale University, which taught me how to think critically. Equally important is my self-proclaimed qualification in public history dorkiness, which I earned by touring Civil War, WWI, and WWII battlefields with my dad. These escapades allowed me to build a close relationship with my father, acquire tools for communicating about complex emotionally-charged issues with the general public, and purchase a lot of souvenir t-shirts!
In addition to writing this blog, I spend my free time hosting Shabbat dinners for my friends from synagogue (I can fit 12 people around my dining room table comfortably), reading Afrofuturist novels (Octavia Butler is a queen), and searching for Queer representation on television that makes me as happy as Noelle Stevenson’s She-ra.
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