The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois is going one step farther this year in celebrating Black History Month.
They’re celebrating all year.
This year marks the 40th year of the Black Creativity program at the Museum, which recognizes the achievements of African Americans in various fields, such as medicine, music, engineering, film, justice, architecture and science. In light of this milestone birthday, MSI is presenting a retrospective exhibition: 40 Years of Black Creativity. Featuring hands-on activities, photographs, memorabilia and video, this exhibit runs from January 26 to February 28, 2011. The accompanying annual Juried Art Show, featuring works of original art by professional artists of African descent, runs during the same time period, and both exhibits are included in general admission.
This year, the Museum saw no need to stop on February 28, and Black Creativity programming continues throughout the year. This year’s theme, “Powerful: African Americans in Energy”, will feature events and activities that focus on how we use power in our daily lives, energy awareness and conservation, as well as alternative energy research breakthroughs and the African Americans that work in this field. This theme will carry on all year, and an interactive Black Creativity exhibit focused on the theme of energy will open in January 2012.
This energy theme was inspired by the Museum’s newest exhibit, “Science Storms”, which explores questions about our world such as:
Bravo, MSI, for expertly tying together science, art, culture, history, nature, and society! (Did I miss any?) I haven’t been there to check out any of these exhibits yet – have you? If you have, please share your thoughts!
For you non-Chicagoans, the Museum offers some great online resources related to their exhibits, so be sure to check out some of the links above.
And while you’re at it, check out this preview of MSI’s Black Creativity from NBC Chicago: http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/black-creativity-at-the-museum-of-science-and-industry/1d2ml21zm
– Minna Krejci