THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY HONORS BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH ANNUAL BLACK CREATIVITY PROGRAM AND SIGNATURE JURIED ART EXHIBITION
(February 8, 2023 - CHICAGO) - The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is honoring Black History Month with a variety of events for its annual Black Creativity program throughout the month of February. Black Creativity celebrates African American achievement through a wide range of experiences designed to inspire youth to pursue educational opportunities and careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM).
Conceived and organized by a group of local artists and Chicago Defender staff in 1970, Black Creativity grew out of an initiative called Black Esthetics -- a tribute to the culture, heritage, and contributions of African Americans in the arts. In 1984, the program was renamed Black Creativity and soon expanded to celebrate the contributions of African Americans in the sciences. New experiences were added, including an exhibit, educational programs, and a gala to support the annual program.
"For more than 50 years, Black Creativity has highlighted the vast and impactful contributions made by Black Americans. By elevating the brilliance, intellect, and innovation of the Black diaspora, MSI inspires our guests in the fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math," said Dr. Rabiah Mayas, the Museum's Ruth D. and Ken M. Davee Vice President of Education, Partnerships and Community. "MSI is a destination where dreams are sparked and Black Creativity is an exemplar of that."
There are multiple events happening throughout the month for guests and friends of MSI to attend, including:
Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition
The Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, the longest, continuously running exhibition of African American art exhibit in the United States. The exhibit presents more than 100 works of art from professional and emerging Black artists from throughout the country. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, fine art prints, sculpture, mixed media, and photography by African Americans, including youth artists between the ages of 14 and 17.
Free and Paid Education Programs
On February 25th, MSI will host the Black Creativity Career Showcase. At the event, families can talk with African American artists, scientists, and engineers about innovative work happening right here in Chicago. This is an opportunity to learn from experts during dynamic demonstrations, hands-on activities, and one-on-one conversations.
On Tuesdays in February, Black Creativity Art Cafés provide opportunities for students to hear personal stories from an African American artist and explore possible careers in the arts. On Thursdays in February, Black Creativity Science Cafés provide opportunities for students to learn from an African American innovator in the STEAM field.
Black Creativity Gala
Held on February 18 is the beloved Black Creativity Gala, an annual celebration of the contributions of Black creators, innovators, artists, and geniuses. MSI is the hottest spot in town for this annual celebration as leaders from the worlds of industry, education, philanthropy, and civics come together to dine, dance, and demonstrate the power and possibility of the Black community in Chicago and beyond.
For more information about Black Creativity at the Museum of Science and Industry, visit blackcreativity.org.