Inspire your innovators of tomorrow with MSI’s Black Creativity Program

The Museum of Science and Industry brings back its yearly tradition to celebrate the achievements made by African-American innovators in the STEAM fields. Running through Feb. 21, the Black Creativity program encourages museum guests to learn all about the innovation process. Watch science and art come to life with the following experiences.

Juried Art Exhibition

Walk around the longest-running gallery of African-American art in the country with more than 100 works. Since 1970, the yearly exhibit features paintings, sculptures and mixed media from African-American artists. Kids might especially get inspired by the youth category (closest to the Innovator Gallery) with incredible work done by high school students.

Innovation Studio

An MSI exhibit isn’t complete without a hands-on opportunity! The Innovation Studio serves as an open creative space where MSI Facilitators can guide future innovators.

By using a variety of everyday materials, kids ages 6 and older can create prototypes to help solve problems that impact the communities around them. Workshop guests learn all about the innovation process including brainstorming, experimenting and modifying. Drop-in sessions are open to guests at 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

Innovator Gallery

Discover how African-American scientists, engineers and other STEAM leaders are improving our city every day. This introductory section of the Innovation Studio features eight individuals and their stories to inspire museum guests.

Career Showcase

The program kicked off with a Family Day last month, but you can still take part in another event. Visit MSI on Feb. 24 for the Career Showcase where you can explore innovative careers through interactive activities and discussions with African-American scientists, engineers and artists throughout the museum.


If you go

Black Creativity Program

Through Feb. 21

Included with general admission

Museum of Science and Industry

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

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