Implicit Bias In The Arts

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Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council says
Contemporary science confirms that all individuals are susceptible to implicit racial bias, meaning attitudes or stereotypes that affect our actions and decisions in an unconscious manner. Implicit bias (rather than explicit racism) explains the reality that American police officers are more likely to shoot an unarmed black person than a white person with a gun.

So many people have lately been talking about implicit bias and its effects on societies, but what does implicit bias mean for the arts?

It means that we are likely to make decisions (about creative production, funding, hiring, partnerships, collaborations, and much more) that are based on social stereotypes and unexamined cultural assumptions. Implicit bias acts as a powerful force that not only shapes individual actions, but it also impacts our organizational policies and practices.

This is another reason why achieving racial equity in the arts requires us to act intentionally and consistently to diversify which arts and artists are funded, promoted, and celebrated. If we remain unaware of the unconscious ways in which we make important judgments related to the arts, then we perpetuate systems of inequality and limit the creativity, expression, and transformation that is possible.

The good news is that understanding and acknowledging implicit bias actually lessens its impact, which means that we can all begin to mitigate its effects in order to promote a fuller, richer arts ecosystem.

At this professional development event in the "Building Equity in the Arts" series, we will

talk about the research on implicit bias
experience some of the ways unconscious reactions affect our perceptions
brainstorm how these processes affect the arts and
strategize about how we can use an understanding of implicit bias to work toward a more equitable vision for the arts.
There will also be time for discussion and interaction between attendees. And, as with all Coalition for Racial Equity in the Arts events, we will share resources attendees can use.

Light snacks will be provided.
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By: Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

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