Our artist-led tours, workshops, and residencies, invite students and teachers to explore, debate, and reflect upon the important ideas that lie at the heart of contemporary art. All programs are free for Illinois K–12 schools and teachers.


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Fifth graders from Skinner West Elementary School discuss a work by John Cage with a teaching artist during a free school tour Photo: Joshua Longbrake © MCA Chicago

School tours

Book a tour for your students. School programs support Common Core English Language Arts Standards, and Illinois Learning Standards in the Fine Arts, Language Arts, and Social Sciences.


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Immersive professional development and resources let teachers use the MCA as their studio, laboratory, library, and classroom.


Support for school programs is generously provided by The Efroymson Family Fund; Reyes Holdings, LLC.; The Crown Family; Bank of America Charitable Foundation; the Helen Brach Foundation; Northern Trust Charitable Trust; and The Siragusa Foundation. Major ongoing support is provided by the Cari and Michael J. Sacks Fund for Chicago Public Schools.

Support for teacher programs at the MCA is generously provided by the Polk Bros. Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by Crown Family Philanthropies and Discover.

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