Media Rise Festival 2015: Problematic Perceptions


- Thursday, October 1, 12-2pm

What is the role of media in shaping voices and identity around race, ethnicity, and indigenous issues?

Hosted by Media Rise, and featuring Smith Center Co-Founder & Executive Director and co-curator of IMPLICIT BIAS - Seeing the Other: Seeing Our Self, Shanti Norris, join us at 12pm on Thursday, October 1st for Problematic Perceptions, a workshop in which participants discuss how media shapes their perceptions about people of color.

Beginning with a collective brainstorm and gallery walk, we will attempt to answer: What is our responsibility as storytellers, artists, and designers in re-framing these perceptions?

The workshop will be hosted against the backdrop of IMPLICIT BIAS - Seeing the Other: Seeing Our Self, our current exhibition.

This workshop is being presented as part of the Race, Ethnicity, and Indigenous Issues track of the 3rd annual Media Rise Festival.

Hosts & Facilitators include:

Randi Gloss, Founder, GLOSSRAGS

Srivi Ramasubramanian, Associate Dean for Climate & Inclusion, College of Liberal Arts; Associate Professor of Communication, Texas A&M University

Shanti Norris, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

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About the Exhibition:

IMPLICIT BIAS: A subtle attitude or belief that often lies beneath our conscious awareness. This underlying behavior can subliminally cause stereotypical and sometimes unjust associations to form when relating with people of a different cultural background. IMPLICIT BIAS may also cause an unconsciously prejudice decision-making process towards policy and other institutional methodology.

"Maybe, we now realize the way racial bias can infect us, even when we don't realize it. So we are guarding against, not just racial slurs, but we are also guarding against the subtle impulse to call Johnny back for a job interview, but not Jamal." - President Barack Obama's Charleston eulogy at the funeral of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney

We are living in important and dangerous times, where racial bias has stepped into a place that can no longer be ignored. IMPLICIT BIAS - Seeing the Other: Seeing Our Self is an exhibition strives to reflect these serious matters with honesty, integrity, and an urgency these times deserve. The exhibition will not solely depict an introspective view of Bias, but extends to more prevalent matters, such as injustice in all its forms: police, judicial, education, voting rights, and urban planning for example.

IMPLICIT BIAS - Seeing the Other: Seeing Our Self will be on view from September 18 - December 5, 2015.

And mark your calendars for the following special events:

Implicit Bias Curator & Artists' Talk: Saturday, October 17th, 3:30pm

"Code Switching" with Kelly King: Thursday, October 22nd, 6:30pm

"Sightless Party" Hosted by Holly Bass and Micah John: Friday, November 13th, 7-9pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm, and by appointment.
Please note: The gallery will be CLOSED on the following Saturdays, September 26 and October 24. The gallery will also be CLOSED Thursday, November 27 through Saturday, November 29 for Thanksgiving.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is located at 1632 U Street, in Northwest DC
Learn more about the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery

Special thanks to our sponsors:

All of our specially featured Jackson Family Wines & Monument Fine Wines are available for purchase at Calvert Woodley!