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Historic Black Creativity Program and Signature Art Exhibition Rescheduled to Spring 2021 for Three-Month Run

CHICAGO (January 18, 2021)Black Creativity and its signature Juried Art Exhibition will open in April for an extended run at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI). MSI has hosted the annual celebration during Black History Month for 50 years. 

The Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, the longest-running exhibit of African-American art in the nation, will be open from April 7 – July 5. The annual exhibition showcases more than 100 works by professional artists from across the nation as well as local student artists. A new feature this year will be an online art gallery, providing even more people the opportunity to view the artwork if they are unable to visit the Museum in person. 

This year’s Black Creativity Innovator Gallery will celebrate the accomplishments of African-American leaders who are transforming Chicago. This distinguished group will be recognized in an onsite gallery from April 7 – July 5, and video interviews will be shared online and via MSI’s social media accounts as well. This year’s group includes: 

  • Ian Michael Brock, high school student and co-founder, Dream Hustle Code 
  • J. Ivy, performance poet, author 
  • Tonika Lewis Johnson, artist and creator of The Folded Map Project  
  • Taylor Staten, architect, TnS Studio 

A new exhibit of social impact art created during the recent Black Lives Matter protests opens this summer. The gallery will also feature commissioned artwork by muralist Jamiah Calvin and local teen artists.

This winter, about 1,000 Chicago students will participate in virtual Black Creativity programs in January and February. Programs include remote Innovation Studio workshops and streamed conversations with working STEM and arts professionals called Jr. Science and Art Cafes. These culturally relevant programs are designed to expose African-American youth to opportunities in science, technology, engineering, art and medicine.  

Black Creativity Events 

The Black Creativity Family Day celebration will be held on June 19. Guests can watch a recorded performance by poet J. Ivy and share their reflections by contributing to a written word collage. Museum admission will be free on Family Day, but capacity is limited and tickets must be reserved online in advance. 

The Black Creativity Gala raises money in support of Black Creativity. This year’s virtual event on April 17 will feature a digital program that includes a look at the winning works in the Juried Art Exhibition, musical performances, artist interviews, gallery tours and more. A separate ticket purchase is required for this event.  

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The Allstate Insurance Company is the exclusive lead sponsor for Black Creativity in 2021. 

About the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI)

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), one of the largest science museums in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. From groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else, to hands-on opportunities that make you the scientist—a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its Welcome to Science Initiative, the Museum offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to MSI’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. Come visit and find your inspiration! The Museum is grateful for the support of its donors and guests, who make its work possible. MSI is also supported in part by the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, visit or call (773) 684-1414.

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