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Celebrating Innovation at the 2015 Black Creativity Gala

On January 24, nearly 750 guests attended the 32nd Black Creativity black-tie gala, which raised approximately $500,000 for Black Creativity programming and events. Co-chaired by Cheryl Harris, senior vice president at the Allstate Insurance Company, and Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd, the evening kicked off with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the annual Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, featuring more than 100 original works of art from African-American artists across the country.

NBC5’s Byron Miranda and Michelle Relerford emceed the evening’s program and helped introduce fabulous musical entertainment to get everyone on the dance floor, including The MoFitz Project, DJ Lil' John and a special performance by the Soul Children of Chicago. Guests also enjoyed other Museum exhibits throughout the evening, including Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze, Science Storms and The Great Train Story.

Get Ready for 2016

The 33rd Annual Black Creativity Gala will be held in January 2016. For more information, please contact Octavia Hooks at (773) 947-3729 or octavia.hooks(at)msichicago.org.

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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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