Free IAMM Event

I would like to  invite you to a FREE event  IAMM With You: In Conversation with Maya Artis  “Understanding Unconscious Bias” which will happen on March 17th at 9am EDT. Notice that EDT goes into effect on March 14th, so calculate the time change in your part of the world. 

This event will be free and open to the public. Please register on our website.

Maya Artis is a board-certified music therapist who specializes in working with children from the ages of 5 to 18, providing both group and individual sessions. Maya completed her clinical internship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City and received her M.A. in music with a concentration in music therapy from Montclair State University.

Currently, Maya in the Director of Communications at Olive Branch Educators (OBE), a diversity consulting firm. OBE works with different organizations to help them attain their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals. In her spare time, Maya likes to play piano and knit. 

“What is bias? It’s a shortcut your brain makes, based on your background, and cultural and personal experiences, to help you quickly assess situation. Your brain also employs these shortcuts when meeting new people. Everyone’s brain does this. Everyone has biases and it has nothing to do with being a good or bad person.

In a time when people are becoming increasingly committed to undoing the racist, sexist, ableist, and oppressive systems at work in society, understanding and uncovering these personal biases is the first step.

In fields like medicine and music, it is even more imperative that practitioners do their own personal work in this area, so that they can help their clients in the best way possible. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither can the topic of bias be fully explored in one conversation, but it is important to take the first step to being the work.

In this talk, the science behind biases will be explored as well as practical ways to recognize our own and then move past them.”