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Join us for a day of activities celebrating the power of creativity and innovation!

Black Creativity 2020 kicks off with Family Day on Monday, January 20, which is a free day for Illinois residents. Families can participate in a special Hero Lab experience during the opening of the Innovation Studio, explore the Juried Art Exhibition and see the new anniversary exhibit Black Creativity: 50 Years.

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Innovation Studio Opening

Explore your inner superhero in the Innovation Studio with a special program featuring guest designer and innovator Jason Mayden. Develop your own hero persona and special ability as you build a circuit to make an LED glow badge that's used with your own hero cape. Main Level.

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Family Day Guest Designer

Chicago native Jason Mayden is an industrial designer and entrepreneur who designed shoes for Nike before founding his own company, Super Heroic. He's a youth advocate who champions education and believes that encouraging kids to play promotes good health and nurtures curious thinkers.

The nation's longest-running exhibit of African-American art celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. See more than 200 dynamic works of art from professional and emerging artists around the country, including over 70 works from Chicago-area youth artists. The exhibition opens January 20 and runs through March 1. West Pavilion.

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Black Creativity: 50 Years

This new exhibit celebrates MSI's annual tribute to the culture, heritage and contributions of African Americans in art and innovation with a look at significant moments and people whose work created new opportunities. Lower Level.

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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.