21Minus Call for Proposals

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Teens Take Over

ARE YOU UNDER 21?
DO YOU LIVE IN CHICAGO OR IN THE CHICAGOLAND SUBURBS? DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY TO HUNDREDS OF MUSEUM VISITORS, OTHER YOUTH, AND ARTISTS?

Submit a workshop, performance, or zine to be showcased at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
21Minus is curated by the MCA’s Teen Creative Agency.

21Minus is a chance to show the world the creativity, power, and vision of Chicagoland youth.
What does the world need to know about how it feels to be young in Chicago today?

This year, 21Minus will take place on the opening weekend of the Virgil Abloh exhibition, which is expected to bring in more visitors than any other MCA exhibition ever. What do you have to show all those people?

TYPES OF PROJECTS: 21MINUS is a take-over, not an exhibition. We can’t accept art that hangs on the walls.

We can accept:

  • Workshops/skill-shares: Share a skill. Facilitate a drop-in activity or 20-40 minute timed workshop.
  • Conversations: Start a conversation about something important: sit down with a group, create a polling station, make an online comment board, or more.
  • Performances: Create a piece of performance art, host an open mic, do an improv act, lead a guided tour, dance, put on a fashion show, play live music, or a DJ set.
  • Printed materials: Pass out zines, comic books, stickers, posters, or other printed materials.
  • Installation: Build an environment visitors can step into, make a giant sculpture, create an interactive prompt.

CRITERIA: Projects will be chosen based on the following:

  • Clarity – Can we understand from your description and image what this is about and what’s going to happen?
  • Urgency – How important is the topic?
  • Uniqueness – How does this add something special to a bigger conversation?
  • Feasibility - Can this project happen at the museum on our timeline, in our budget?

PROCESS

  • Proposal: All proposals are due on March 31, 2019 at 11:59pm.
  • Review: TCA members will review all proposals and select 12-15 to be produced for 21Minus.
  • Notification: All artists will get an email from TCA in February about whether their proposal has been accepted.
  • Artist Party: Selected artists meet TCA members at the MCA on a Saturday in March.
  • Artist Workshop: One two-hour meeting with TCA members to workshop your project on a Saturday in April or May.
  • Final project confirmation: By early May, all project details must be finalized and final copies of videos and printed materials submitted.
  • Prep Night: All artists must be available to install their projects on Friday, June 14.
  • Takeover: All artists will present their projects at the MCA between 1pm-6pm on Saturday, June 15, 2019. All artists must be on site from 10am-6:30pm.

Check out the FAQs for lots of information about 21Minus and making a great proposal. If you have questions about this process, want to talk through your ideas, or have questions about 21Minus in general, contact Grace Needlman at [email protected] or 312-397-3840.

	
A young person's back is to us as they lift a cluster of pink balloons over their head in the MCA's atrium. Surrounding them are a sea of balloons and people doing similar playful motions.
TCA members and 21Minus attendees participate in popping pink balloons in the MCA atrium. Photo: Mikayla Delson.