We invite teens to learn about art, the world, and themselves in the company of like-minded peers. They can participate in one of the many teen events throughout the year or apply to join the Teen Creative Agency (TCA), a tight-knit community that is passionate about showcasing the creative and civic vision of young people.


Teen Events

The TCA, in partnership with organizations from across Chicago, designs and hosts events. These include: the Living Room, a monthly program featuring deep conversations, performances, and activities; artist-led workshops; and 21Minus, the signature annual festival of art and experiences that is created by and for people under 21.



Twenty-five curious, creative 15–19 year-olds from all over the Chicago area form the Teen Creative Agency (TCA), the MCA’s core program for teens.

The TCA meets every Saturday during the school year to develop projects with artists, museum staff, and other young people. This tight-knit community is passionate about creative and civic exchange and works to make the MCA a platform for fresh and emerging ideas.


We accept a new batch of members each year.

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