Celebrate MSI’s annual tribute to the culture, heritage and contributions of African Americans in art and innovation.

Black Creativity: 50 Years is a visual timeline that shares the story of the program’s evolution and impact. Premiering 50 years ago as the Black Esthetics arts and culture festival, it showcased the talents of emerging artists and featured theater, dance and musical performances with well-known entertainers from Chicago and beyond. Over the decades, the program expanded to celebrate the contributions of African Americans in the sciences and was renamed Black Creativity, becoming a major winter event at the Museum. New experiences were added, including an exhibit and educational programs.

In addition, guests can learn about pioneering Chicagoans whose work pushed boundaries, including Charles Harrison, the designer of the View-Master, and Black Creativity founding collaborators Chicago Defender photographer Robert (Bobby) A. Sengstacke and artist Douglas A. Williams.

Black Creativity: 50 Years will be open from January 20 through March 1, 2020, and is included in Museum Entry.

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.