Victoria Prizzia, founder of Interpretive Space, LLC and Habitheque Inc., is well established in the arts, culture and education realms. For the past 15 years, she has engaged in extensive work that merges the cultural and educational interests of the non-profit and commercial sectors. Her diverse experiences and educational pursuits, including a Master of Arts in education and Master of Fine Arts in interpretive planning have provided her with a solid foundation for analytical thinking and on-the-fly problem solving, learning from past experiences as she continues to evolve as a professional in the field. She regularly presents at regional and national conferences, is a working member of professional groups, and has a network of contacts within museums and consulting firms that spans the country.
Working as an independent consultant for the past four years, Victoria has focused primarily on interpretation that is participatory and interactive. Between 2007 and 2010, Victoria helped plan and direct the creation of million-dollar interpretation programs at the PSEG Energy and Environmental Resource Center, the DuPont Environmental Education Center at the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge and a national city tour for solar energy sponsored by Sun Edison. During this time, Victoria also completed interpretive planning and design for PECO, the Mississippi River State Park Visitor Center, the Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial and Ellis Island.
In 2010, she developed the Trailblazers to Freedom: A Traveling Trunk Educational Experience for the African American Museum of Philadelphia. The traveling trunk program provides students in the School District of Philadelphia with a ground-breaking classroom learning tool. The program brings history to life with notable history-makers and events that helped shape visions and dreams of freedom and equality in early America. The traveling trunk and its supplementary curriculum materials utilize information and multi-media technology to provide unprecedented access to the past. Geared to 8th grade students, Trailblazers to Freedom supplements the delivery of the standardized Social Studies curriculum with multi-sensory tools that enhance students’ understanding of complex themes.
In 2009, Victoria co-developed a "Storytelling Bootcamp" with Bill Adair, Executive Director of the Heritage Philadelphia Program of the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and Aaron Goldblatt, Principal of Metcalfe Architecture and Design firm. This innovative session was presented at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) Creating Exhibition Symposium in 2009 and the American Association of Museums’ (AAM) Annual Conference in Los Angeles in 2010.
Victoria is intimately connected to the field of higher education. Between 1995 and 1997 she worked for the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) at the University of Massachusetts, facilitating five different think tank groups that were brought together to create solutions to the many contemporary challenges faced by the field of higher education. She is currently an adjunct professor at both the University of the Arts and Drexel University. Victoria has been teaching graduate and undergraduate classes for the past four years using curricula that she has continued to develop and refine.
Most recently, Victoria joined the Board of Directors of Spiral Q, a Philadelphia-based organization working at the intersection of arts and social justice. She served as the Program Committee Co-Chair for MAAM's Creating Exhibitions Symposium in 2009 and as a member of an advisory panel for the Education and Awareness Strategy for the Ellis Island South Side Preservation Project in 2008.