Event: Black Creativity Gala
When: Saturday, January 25th
Where: Museum of Science and Industry
Address: 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Time: 6pm to 11pm
Cost: $350 Ticket (Table Pricing available)
One of my favorite Gala’s is coming up!
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) will host its 37th annual Black Creativity black-tie gala on Saturday, January 25, 2020. The Gala raises money to support MSI’s annual Black Creativity program and its events, which pay tribute to the culture, heritage and scientific contributions of African Americans and help motivate youth in science, technology, engineering, art and medicine.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Creativity program at MSI, which began in collaboration with the Chicago Defender. The Gala is among a robust calendar of experiences and events throughout Black History Month. “The Black Creativity Gala has been a part of MSI for decades, providing this impactful program support for the next generation of innovators,” said David Mosena, president and CEO of MSI. “We’re proud to be able to showcase the achievements of African-American leaders across STEM fields, and share their stories with the thousands of families and students who visit MSI throughout Black History Month.”
The Gala is co-chaired by Dr. Eric Whitaker, Founder and CEO of Zing Health Inc., Dr. Cheryl R. Whitaker, Chairwoman and CEO of NextLevel Health Partners, Inc., Joe Dominguez, CEO of ComEd, and Cheryl Harris, senior vice president at Allstate Insurance Company.
“The Black Creativity program has continued to display the accomplishments of African Americans providing generations of kids with endless possibilities of who they can be in math, science, technology, and creative industries,” said Dr. Cheryl R. Whitaker, Chairwoman and CEO of NextLevel Health Partners, Inc. “We are excited to partner with the Museum of Science and Industry again to bring our energy and desire to continue this important cause.”
The evening will start with guests enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the annual Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, featuring more than 200 original works of art from African-American student and professional artists. After cocktails, guests will head to the Museum’s Rotunda where they will enjoy food stations provided by Sodexo. Dinner options will include, a selection of fresh sushi prepared in front of guest by sushi chefs, grits and crayfish ragout, apple candy smoked turkey, sage infused sweet potato spaetzle vegetable cassoulet, a dessert bar and more.
WGN Meteorologist Demetrius Ivory will emcee the evening’s presentation, and guests will enjoy live musical entertainment from Chicago Children’s Choir, DJ Rae Chardonnay, Yanna Cello, Rockstar Ev, and Manasseh Croft.
After dinner the Museum’s exhibits and hands-on experiences will be open, including the Black Creativity Innovation Studio and the Black Creativity: 50 Years exhibit. Guests will also be able to explore Museum favorites including Science Storms, The Great Train Story, Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze, and many more.
About the 2020 Black Creativity Program
MSI is honoring 50 years of the Black Creativity program, which has showcased the achievements of African-Americans in art and innovation since 1970. The Museum is celebrating this milestone anniversary throughout Black History Month with a calendar full of experiences and events:
Juried Art Exhibition: The nation’s longest-running exhibition of African-American art features more than 200 adult and youth artworks. Open January 20 – March 1.
Black Creativity: 50 Years: This new temporary exhibit, located on Lower Level 1, takes a look at significant moments in Black Creativity’s history and spotlights people whose work created new opportunities. Open January 20 – March 1.
Black Creativity Innovation Studio: This hands-on workshop space invites you to explore your inner superhero by creating your own invention. School and community groups can reserve sessions on weekdays, and Museum guests can participate in drop-in sessions on weekends. Open January 20 – March 1.
Family Day: A free day for Illinois residents where Super Heroic CEO and co-founder, Jason Mayden, will lead kids in making their own superhero identity.
Monday, January 20.
Career Showcase: We’re offering students and their families the chance to explore innovative careers by speaking with dozens of professionals in art, science and engineering. February 29, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Find more information: www.msichicago.org/blackcreativity.
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