NORTH CANTON Walsh University is hosting THE CREATIVE MIND, a traveling exhibit celebrating the contributions of African Americans to medicine, mathematics, engineering, and all branches of science. The exhibit recently opened for display in the Birk Center for the Arts, Atrium Gallery. It's open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. through March 11.
An Opening and Gallery Talk by Walsh Museum Studies students will be held 3 to 4 p.m. Jan.31. This event and the exhibit are free and open to the public. The exhibit is curated by Museum Studies students in the exhibition design course.
Organized by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the exhibit features the careers and achievements of some of today’s outstanding black scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and medical professionals and highlights the work of notable figures from the past.
"In addition to the panels with all of the details of the many contributions made throughout history, we have a case full of books and photos that expand on what is on the panels," said Director of Museum Studies and Associate Professor of Art History Katherine Brown. "During our reception on Jan. 31, there will be three students giving talks about each of the panels and we’ll have music provided by the Department of Music. We have the exhibit scheduled through March 11 in celebration of February’s Black History Month."
There are three photos on display inside the case from the Kent State archives of when NASA astronaut Guion Bluford visited the Trumbull Campus of Kent State University. The photos are on loan to Walsh from Kent State University.
The exhibit consists of seven colorful panels with an introduction and separate panels devoted to medicine, mathematics, engineering, biological sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences. A "Did You Know?" section brings in additional information about each field, pointing to future career possibilities for creative minds of the next generation.
THE CREATIVE MIND made its debut in 2012 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and at the Koshland Science Museum, the museum of the National Academy of Sciences, in Washington, D.C. It has since been exhibited at the Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems Information Center, Linthicum Heights, Md.; the Madison Science Museum, Madison, Wisc.; the Zion-Benton Public Library, Zion, Ill.; the Mid-America Science Museum, Hot Springs, Ark.; the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; the Northern Virginia Community College Libraries, Woodbridge, Va.; the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and the Family Heritage House Museum, Bradenton, Fla.
"Hundreds of students walk through the Atrium Gallery every day. Having this exhibit displayed there will provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the phenomenal contributions made in medical, engineering and the sciences by prominent African Americans throughout history," Brown said. "The exhibit also shows that museum studies embrace the sciences. Our program features three major tracks, history, art and the natural sciences and encompasses a broad spectrum of different types of collections."
The exhibition was created by the African American History Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Washington, D.C. Learn more, and read biographies of African American scientists, engineers, and doctors at www.africanamericanhistoryprogram.org.