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 MCA is proud to highlight Chicago artists and cultural leaders under 21. The Teen Creative Agency, in partnership with organizations from across Chicago, designs and hosts events. These include deep conversations, performances, and activities; artist-led workshops; an annual Zine Release Party; and 21Minus, the signature annual festival of art and experiences that is created by and for people under 21. There are also monthly public events in the MCA Commons that are led by Chicago youth and free and open to visitors of all ages.


Our teen programs aim to build a generation of connected, creative collaborators. Pictured: Kuumba Lynx performing at 21Minus 2018, an annual festival of artists under 21, curated by the Teen Creative Agency, Jun 16, 2018. Photo: Grace DuVal, © MCA Chicago.

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Generous support is provided by the North Shore Affiliate of the MCA, the Duchossois Family Foundation, Luminarts Cultural Foundation, and Cynthia Hunt and Philip Rudolph.

Free admission for 18 and under is generously provided by Liz and Eric Lefkofsky.