The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) has announced a $1 million gift from the Otto Bremer Trust in support of a community engagement project aimed at raising awareness of the science, history, and social effects of implicit bias.
The gift will support the development and national tour of The Bias Inside Us, an exploration of the science of implicit bias, how biases affect an individual's behavior, the social effects when biases are left unchecked, and how bias in the world more broadly can be challenged through awareness of one's own biases. Starting this summer, the exhibition will travel to forty cities over four years and serve as the centerpiece for local programs and activities.
"The Otto Bremer Trust's support of 'The Bias Inside Us' makes it possible for us to convene conversations that will increase empathy so participants can create more inclusive schools, communities, and workplaces," said Myriam Springuel, director of SITES and Smithsonian Affiliations. "Our goal is to help individuals understand and counter their implicit bias and build stronger communities through conversation and greater understanding."