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Celebrate Black History Month at The Children's Museum—February 2021

Celebrate Black History Month at The Children

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First Thursday Night
$6 admission
Feb. 4, 4–8 p.m.

Celebrate Black achievements in history, science, art, music, and sports with special programming on the first Thursday in February.

  • Meet Visiting Artist Israel Solomon and 10 other artists as they share about how they created the Black Lives Matter street mural on Indiana Avenue in downtown Indianapolis—learn more
  • Hear stories of the Civil Rights Movement from Storyteller Portia Jackson 
  • Get up close and personal with inspirational women, including Ella Fitzgerald®, Laurie Hernandez, and Katherine Johnson in the Women Changing the World program inside BarbieTMYou Can Be AnythingTMThe Experience
  • Discover how to use your Words, Actions, Voice, and Education to make a change in the Making WAVES—Social Justice in Action program inside The Power of Children: Making a Difference®

Special programming ends at 7:30 p.m.

Presidents Day
Free admission
Feb. 15

Special programming will include these tabletop activities:

  • Can You Vote? Learn the history of how different groups of people were excluded from voting, and what they had to overcome to be given the right to vote
  • Political Pinbacks. Identify a cause you're passionate about and make a button representing that cause while observing political imagery from the museum's collection

Black History Month Activity Bundle

From storytime videos to inventor spotlights, our Black History Month Digital Activity Bundle provides museum resources for you to use without leaving the house.

  • Books and Toys to celebrate Black History Month—learn more
  • 5 Objects to find in the museum celebrating Black History—learn more
  • Discover the impact of Janet Emerson Bashen's pioneering work in the world of computer technology and learn to code your name—learn more
  • Explore the influence of Black musicians on American music—learn more
  • Learn about Garrett Morgan's invention with these Stoplight Activities—learn more

Around the museum

Throughout the year, you can find many items and programs throughout the museum that are connected to Black history. Here are a few highlights you don't want to miss:

Exhibits to explore:

  • Explore Ruby Bridges's story inside The Power of Children®—you'll find a replica of her first grade classroom and the Making WAVES program here (keep an eye out for Oscar Robertson's story, too)
  • Be empowered by Role Models in BarbieTMYou Can Be AnythingTMThe Experience, including Katherine Johnson, Ella Fitzgerald®, and Laurie Hernandez
  • Explore The Old National Bank Sports Legends Avenue of Champions when the outdoor areas of the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience® reopen March 13 and learn more about Black athletes like Tamika Catchings and Wilma Rudolph who impacted American culture through sports

Objects to look for:

  • Examine a case dedicated to Madam C.J. Walker—read her story here
  • Discover replica of the Lieutenant Uhura costume worn by Nichelle Nichols is on display in the Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater inside Beyond Spaceship Earthread her story here
  • Spark your inspiration with the jersey knit maxi dress designed by Stephen Burrows in American POP
  • Celebrate the acheievements of Black race car drivers in The World of Sport when you encounter the Loving Cup Trophy and the race car driven by Willy T. Ribbs in the 1993 Indy 500

Programs to experience:

  • Learn how to capture the beauty of our city with Visiting Artist Israel Solomon and his Color Our City: Art Workshop—click here for dates
  • Get up close and personal with inspirational women, including Ella Fitzgerald®, Laurie Hernandez, and Katherine Johnson in the Women Changing the World program inside BarbieTMYou Can Be AnythingTMThe Experience
  • Discover how to use your Words, Actions, Voice, and Education to make a change in the Making WAVES—Social Justice in Action program inside The Power of Children: Making a Difference®

The Visiting Artist Program is a project of the Lechleiter Indiana Visiting Artist Fund with support provided by The White Oak Foundation, Sarah and John Lechleiter.

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