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
January 19 - February 21, 2015
Black Creativity's hands-on experience: experiment with materials and tools to solve science challenges with your own ingenuity.
Juried Art Exhibition
January 19 - February 22, 2015
The nation's longest-running exhibition of African-American art, with approximately 100 works by adult and youth artists each year.

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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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