For the 30th anniversary of the Black Creativity Gala, there were more than 700 guests at the Museum of Science and Industry on Jan. 26 to celebrate this year's exhibition themed "Innovation." During the opening reception, guests enjoyed a juried showcase of more than 100 colorful works of art created by African-American artists from across the country as well as 30 pieces submitted by local high school students.
WMAQ-Ch. 5's Michelle Relerford emceed the evening's program that began with remarks from Gov. Pat Quinn. Chair Myra Price introduced honorary co-chairs Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, Merri Dee (AARP state president) and Connie Lindsey (executive vice president at Northern Trust).
"Black Creativity's mission is to explore the contributions that African-Americans have made to the sciences and various creative fields and to inspire children to pursue opportunities and careers in the sciences," said Price. Kevin Brookins and Larry Hollins served as co-chairs, and Greg Hinton was fundraising chair.
Lavish buffet stations dotted the expansive rotunda of the museum and included an array of food with global influences. Guests danced to the R&B group After 7 alongside displays of the Empire State Express train, the Spirit of America (a jet-powered race car) and a swirling tornado inside a 40-foot vortex, the centerpiece of the museum's "Science Storms" exhibit.
More than $400,000 was raised to support the Museum of Science and Industry's Black Creativity program, which has been dedicated to presenting exhibits and programs that recognize achievements by African-Americans, and honor black culture and heritage, for the past 40 years.
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