MCA Curriculum Slam!


MCA Chicago Curriculum Slam!, April 16, 2013
Photo: Lauren Goldstein, © MCA Chicago, © MCA Chicago


The Curriculum Slam is a forum for educators to showcase fresh, creative ways to bring contemporary art and ideas into the classroom. Meet educators whose work embraces the spirit of inquiry and innovation. Hear how they engage students with the contemporary. Forget the curriculum fair. At the Curriculum Slam, the MCA hands educators the mic!

  • The format
    Eight presenters are selected by application
    Each presentation: 7 minutes, 14 PowerPoint slides, 30 seconds per slide
    Breakout discussions after the presentations

Apply to present
Does your curriculum inspire students to engage with the ideas and art of our time?
Do you have a project or lesson plan you’d like to share?
Can you tell your story in seven minutes using PowerPoint?

We are now accepting applications for presenters at the 2014 Curriculum Slam!
DEADLINE EXTENDED! Applications are now due by SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014.

Who can apply?
Teachers and teaching artists from all grade levels and academic disciplines may apply. Applicants must have prior experience in a classroom setting.

How do I apply?
Download the two-part application:

  • Part I: Tell us about yourself and the project you are interested in sharing.
  • Part II: Share three images that help tell the story of the project you would like to present.

Complete Part I and Part II of the application and send both files to
[email protected].
Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Presenters receive a $50 honorarium for participation.

How do I attend?
We encourage you to attend to gather ideas, connect with your peers, and fuel your teaching practice. The Slam, like all MCA teacher programs, is free and open to all educators. Space is limited and registration is required. Attendees receive CPDUs. Vouchers for free parking in the MCA garage are provided, pending availability. Public transportation is recommended. For more information or to register, please email us.