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Celebrating Innovation at the 2014 Black Creativity Gala

On Saturday, January 25, the Museum of Science and Industry hosted its 31st Black Creativity black-tie gala—planned in collaboration with a committee of prominent Chicago African-American leaders. The evening kicked off with nearly 700 guests enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the annual Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, featuring more than 85 original works of art from African-American artists across the country.

The gala, which raised approximately $360,000 for Black Creativity programming and events, was co-chaired by Cheri Chappelle, director of diversity and inclusion for ITW; and MSI Trustee, Frank Clark, retired chairman and CEO of ComEd. The Black Creativity Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Kevin Brookins and Larry Hollins, worked closely with Museum staff to develop new programming and experiences for youth that visit MSI.

NBC5’s Alicia Roman emceed the evening’s program and helped introduce fabulous musical entertainment to get everyone on the dance floor, including DJ Lil John and a special performance by Gentleman of Leisure. Guests also enjoyed other Museum exhibits throughout the evening, including Science Storms, The Great Train Story and 80 at 80.

Get Ready for 2015

The 32nd Annual Black Creativity Gala will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015. For more information, please contact Octavia Hooks at (773) 947-3729 or octavia.hooks(at)

Support Us

Black Creativity's annual Gala isn't the only way to support our programs.

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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