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Black Creativity

Inspire. Enable. Transform.

Anchored by the Museum’s nationally recognized Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE), Black Creativity reaches tens of thousands of 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

Experiment and explore new ideas through making, experience the process of design thinking and learn about contributions of African Americans to STEM fields.

The nation's longest running exhibition of African-American art features approximately 100 works by adult and youth artists each year.

annually in January

Black Creativity Family Day

Our annual celebration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day features the Juried Art Exhibition opening, Jr. Science Cafe talks with STEM professionals and a collaborative printmaking project.

annually in February

Black Creativity Career Showcase

Kids and families can talk with African-American artists, scientists and engineers about innovative work and turning passions into careers.