Smithsonian Exhibit Comes to Wilmington Through UNCW/Cape Fear Museum Collaboration

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Social science, psychology and the consequences of implicit bias are at the heart of the Smithsonian Institute exhibit currently at the Cape Fear Museum, which ends Sunday, October 23.

Wilmington was one of three cities in the southeastern United States selected to host “The Bias Inside Us” for the 2022-23 touring season. The Smithsonian exhibit will travel to 40 communities across the country through 2025. UNCW has helped the Cape Fear Museum and other community partners to bring the exhibit to Wilmington. The bias inside of us” offers an opportunity to learn how to challenge prejudices in the world by becoming aware of one’s own prejudices.

“We are grateful to the Cape Fear Museum for leading the collaboration to bring this exhibit to the region,” said UNCW Diversity Director Dr. Donyell Roseboro. “Museum staff have played a pivotal role in connecting our racialized history to current lived experiences, and this nationally recognized exhibit brings us into conversation with the nation.”

Communities selected for the exhibition submitted proposals to show how the project will be used to build capacity. A Smithsonian-led project team worked with community leaders to develop a personalized plan for community-initiated programming.

“The Cape Fear Museum deeply appreciates the community partners who have helped bring the Smithsonian’s ‘The Bias Inside Us’ to Wilmington,” said Kate Baillon, Collections and Exhibits Manager. “Because of UNCW Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusionthe New Hanover County Office of Diversity and Equity, the New Hanover County Public Library, and New Hanover County Schools, we were able to communicate the impact and opportunity that an exhibit addressing the implicit biases would offer our community.

“The Bias Inside Us” is organized by the Traveling Exhibitions Service of the Smithsonian Institution and is supported by The Otto Bremer Trust. Learn more about the exhibition at Cape Fear Museum website.

Venita Jenkins

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