Museum of Science and Industry

Black Creativity Family Day

January 18, 2016

Event Essentials

  • Ages:
  • This event is suitable for all ages.
  • Date:
  • January 18, 2016
  • Tickets:
  • Included with Museum Entry

Jr. Science Cafés: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Innovation Studio: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Juried Art Exhibition: Museum hours

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—Monday, January 18—join the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago to celebrate Black Creativity Family Day! These events are included in Museum Entry—which is also free to Illinois residents on this day.

Featured activities include:

Jr. Science Cafés

11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., Balcony Level 3 – Education Lab 1
Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to be a scientist, engineer, or innovator? Challenge your curiosity, experience fun activities and interact with real scientists during Jr. Science Cafés! In celebration of Black Creativity, African American STEM professionals will inspire youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and medicine.

11 a.m.: Pet Science Dr. Simuel Hampton, Veterinarian, Anti-Cruelty Society
Noon:  Food Safety Lab TaRhonda Woods, Food Scientist, Northwestern University
1 p.m.:  The Science of Sound
David Mays, D.J., Master Mix Academy

Ages 10 and up, parents and chaperones welcome. Sessions last 30 minutes and do not require reservations or tickets. Capacity is 32 per session.

Innovation Studio: Public Drop-in Sessions

Hourly from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Main Level 2 – Rosenwald Court
The Black Creativity Innovation Studio is an exciting space for guests to experiment and explore new ideas through making. Powered by your own curiosity and inspired by challenges in our world, you’ll have access to a variety of materials and tools to create your own solutions to either take home or leave behind in the studio for others to see. Experience the processes of design thinking and innovation and learn about important contributions of African-American innovators to science, technology, engineering and medicine!

Juried Art Exhibition Opening

January 18 - February 21 during Museum hours. Main Level 2 – West Pavilion
Since 1970, the Museum of Science and Industry has hosted the Juried Art Exhibition, the nation’s longest-running exhibition of African-American art. The exhibition is a part of the Museum’s Black Creativity program, which showcases African-American achievement in a variety of scientific, artistic and technological fields. The Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition presents approximately 100 works of art each year from African-American artists across the nation. Emerging and professional artists are encouraged to submit works for consideration and participate in this amazing history.

About the Black Creativity program
The Museum of Science and Industry’s annual Black Creativity program invites students, teachers, families and the public to explore the legacy of rich contributions and achievements made by African Americans while encouraging deeper interest in science and technology among youth. This year’s programming focuses on innovation, inspiring children to become innovators of tomorrow. For more information about the Black Creativity program, click here.

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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