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Teacher Workshop: The Freedom Principle


Teacher Institute Summer Residence 2015

Photo: Gillian Fry, © MCA Chicago


Looking for fresh ideas for your curriculum? Join us at the November Teacher Workshop, inspired by our current exhibition The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now.

Practicing artists design and lead our workshops, using exhibitions and works of art at the MCA as fodder. Together, we investigate works of art in the galleries, make art, and connect these experiences back to your classroom.

The Freedom Principle links the vibrant legacy of the 1960s African American avant-garde to current art and culture. It is occasioned in part by the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), a still-flourishing organization of Chicago musicians whose interdiscliplinary explorations expanded the boundaries of jazz. Alongside visual arts collectives such as the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA), the AACM was part of a deep engagement with black cultural nationalism both in Chicago and around the world during and after the civil rights era. Combining historical materials with contemporary responses, The Freedom Principle illuminates the continued relevance of that engagement today.