Smithsonian Community Engagement Project on Implicit Bias Coming to Pablo Center


Smithsonian Community Engagement Project on Implicit Bias Coming to Pablo Center
Pablo Center at the Confluence is excited to announce the hosting of “The Bias Inside Us” February 26 – March 25, 2022 in the James W Hansen Gallery. The community engagement project from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) will raise awareness about the social science and psychology of implicit bias, the impact of this bias, and what people can do about it.

Hosted in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire Area School District, and Pablo Center at the Confluence, the Eau Claire community is one of two touring locations in Wisconsin selected to display “The Bias Inside Us” traveling exhibition. The exhibition serves as the centerpiece for local programs, professional development sessions, and public events through the three partnering organizations and throughout the wider community.

Visitors to the exhibit will experience compelling images, hands-on interactives, powerful testimonials and videos, explore the foundational blocks of bias, and the psychology of how it forms and how it influences behaviors both consciously and unconsciously. Interactive elements display how implicit and explicit bias show up in the world and how bias influences systems and policies that have consequences. One interactive experience invites visitors to think about the how bias is reflected in design, advertising, architecture, and technology.

“Bias is part of being human,” said Myriam Springuel, director of SITES and Smithsonian Affiliations. “Our goal through The Bias Inside Us is to help individuals understand and counter their implicit bias and help communities thrive through conversation and greater understanding.”

“As a person very interested in Equity work in our district, the exhibit is a perfect companion to the Equity Professional Development all Eau Claire Area School District staff are engaging in this year, “ said Heather Grant, Equitable Multi-Level System of Support Administrator, Eau Claire Area School District. “I’d highly recommend our staff and community members check out this exhibit while it’s here in Eau Claire.”

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire professor of social work, Dr. Lisa Quinn-Lee spoke to her experience with the exhibit, “What I appreciate [about the exhibit] is we can learn what each of us can do now – today – to move forward and decrease our biases by learning what actions to take. Even though as a social worker and a professor who has explored bias professionally and personally – and who teaches aspects of it – after exploring this exhibit I realized how much more I still have to learn and how this is a lifelong journey.”

“The Bias Inside Us” exhibition will open to the public Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Admission is free, however registration is required. Registration opens on February 23, 2022 at 10 a.m. on a week-by-week schedule. Visitors can find a full program of events and registration information on The Bias Inside Us page.
Groups of 15 or more are encouraged to contact Community Outreach and Workforce Development Manager, Michael Lee at by February 21, 2022 for priority reservation.

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