CHICAGO-- Their fingers are flying, their minds racing. Seventh and eighth grade students from Carver Elementary are using innovation to solve problems and make a better world.
Inside the Black Innovation studio at the Museum of Science and Industry, creativity is key.
Students are tasked with trying, failing and modifying innovative designs.
“One of the best ways to learn about science is hands on.”
It is all part of MSI’s annual Black Creativity Program, celebrating the contributions by black innovators and making new ones.
“Many of the representations that we see are relatively homogenous they’re not very diverse but what we know is that everyone has creative potential it’s important to have diverse voices and perspectives in all areas of science and technology.”
From driving on water to a stiletto boot with a retractable heel for comfort, a cornucopia of ideas we’d love to see reality someday..
“When people don’t feel like going to work or something they can just use their clone and that person can stay at home and sleep.”
Students building creatively-- and a display of it. Also part of the program an annual tradition more than our decades long, a juried art exhibit from black artists around the country.
“The scientific method and the artistic process is very similar in many ways.”
More than one hundred pieces-- professionals and student works explore the world around us.
“Really great art shows you the artist world but it has an ambiguity that allows you to understand your world view in a new way.”
Photography, paintings, mixed media, displaying beauty and social strife. Etched in the pieces of this sculpture – names of young victims of gun violence.
Both this exhibit and the black creativity innovation studio will be open the majority of February celebrating Black History Month.
Innovation Studio - Through February 27th
- The space is open to the general public for sessions at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
Juried Art Exhibit - Through February 21st
Museum of Science and Industry
Chicago, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
*Both programs are included in Museum Entry