Illinois elementary and high school teachers receive free admission to the MCA. Simply present a valid teacher ID at the admissions desk. Can’t carry your ID with you? Email us to request a teacher pass.


People making a structure with tape and long beams of wood
Teachers designed a communal space for learning with artist Faheem Majeed during a Teacher Institute
Photo: Gillian Fry, © MCA Chicago


Immersive professional development programs invite teachers to use the MCA as their studio, laboratory, library, and classroom.


Complete this form to keep in touch and hear about the MCA’s programs for educators.


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MCA Teacher Advisory Committee

The Teacher Advisory Committee is made up of Chicago-area teachers who work together to create and advise on projects that make connections between contemporary art and other subject areas. The committee is comprised of Chicago Public School teachers, suburban teachers, private school teachers, art teachers, non-art teachers, and MCA Education department staff members.

Current Members

Troy Authement, Daniel Zizumbo Charter School
Bridget Doherty, Taft High School
William Higgins, Lakeview Elementary School
Marcia LaPorte, Proviso East High School
Marina Lopez, Spry Elementary School
Kristal Pacheco, UNO Major Hector P. Garcia MD Charter High School
Lisa Wax, Whitney Young High School
Matt Winkelman, Lake Zurich High School
Zachary Wisser, Cary-Grove High School


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.