This year’s 21Minus has been postponed.
Led by members of the Teen Creative Agency (TCA), 21Minus is the MCA’s annual celebration of the vision and voices of Chicago artists and creative leaders under the age of 21. TCA’s creative energy is now being directed towards encouraging the museum to embrace anti-racist practices within an abolitionist framework. Sparked by the need for transparency regarding any museum funding of the Chicago Police Department, the TCA has called on museum leadership to address structural inequities throughout the institution. TCA members envision a museum that celebrates the value of Black lives not only in its exhibition program but in its internal workings and public communication.
Youth programs staff at the MCA support TCA’s efforts to radically reimagine ourselves, our institutions, and our world. In order to support this ongoing work, MCA youth programming has been paused. Youth programs staff are committed to anti-oppressive learning in working with youth, wholeheartedly supporting their organizing efforts, and the structural changes to this program that will come from this youth collective.