Museum of Science and Industry

Inspire. Enable. Transform.

Anchored by the Museum’s nationally recognized Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE), Black Creativity reaches more than 25,000 students, their teachers and families in underserved Chicago neighborhoods each year with a wide range of targeted, culturally-relevant science education programming. The program has four main goals:

  • Provide exposure for African-American youth to careers, educational pathways and other opportunities in science, technology, engineering and medicine.
  • Highlight and recognize the contributions and activities of African-American youth in science, technology, engineering and medicine.
  • Increase access to MSI and its resources to African-American students and families.
  • Showcase African Americans and their contributions, past and current, to the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.


Program Highlights

Education Programs
Year-round events and hands-on learning opportunities, including the annual Black Creativity Family Day, and Jr. Science Cafés hosted by working STEM professionals.
Innovation Studio
Black Creativity's 2014 signature experience let guests experiment with materials and tools to solve science challenges using their ingenuity.
Juried Art Exhibition
The nation's longest-running exhibition of African-American art presents approximately 100 works of art each year from adult and youth artists.

Black Creativity 2014 is sponsored by ComEd; Dover; ITW; Nicor Gas; Peoples Gas and U.S. Bank, with media partners Comcast / NBC 5 / Telemundo Chicago; WVON 1690 AM; Splash, a Chicago Sun-Times Publication; Radio Broadcasters of Chicago and the Chicago Defender.

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Chicago Takes Notice


WGN-TV Morning News aired a story about the 2014 Black Creativity Innovation Studio, Juried Art Exhibition and other programming.

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mission statement


  • To inspire African-American children to pursue educational opportunities and careers in the fields of science, technology, medicine and engineering, through programs and events that encourage children and their parents to utilize the Museum of Science and Industry as a resource for exploring and discovering their inventive and creative genius.

Honoring Black Creativity



  • The Black Creativity plaque, crafted in bronze by famed sculptor Preston Jackson, honors the achievements of African Americans in the arts and sciences. On permanent display at MSI.
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