Youth

Teen Creative Agency

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Know a teen who would be a great TCA candidate? Nominate them!

Announcement

Apply to join TCA for the 2020–21 school year (Sep 2020–Jun 2021). Applications are open through June 19. Selected members will be notified in July.

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The Teen Creative Agency (TCA) is the MCA's creative, youth development program. Twenty-five young people, ages 15 to 19, from all over the Chicagoland area meet weekly to grow their agency and collaboration skills, build community, and develop creative projects and public events under the guidance of two Lead Artists.

Weekly sessions include time in the galleries, visits to other cultural sites, meetings with artists and museum staff, and time to work on collaborative projects. Projects include zines, pop-up events for public discussion of civic issues, and 21Minus, a museum-wide annual festival of workshops, installations, and performances curated by TCA teens and featuring local youth artists.

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Members of the Teen Creative Agency 2019-2020

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About the TCA Apprenticeship

About the TCA Apprenticeship

This one-year, part-time staff position for Teen Creative Agency (TCA) alumni bridges the gap between youth programs and museum careers.

Apprentices build their professional portfolios by designing programs and facilitating dialogue about urgent social issues for staff and audiences of all ages and backgrounds. They work across MCA's Learning Programs, curate and produce public events, act as ambassadors and advocates for youth in and beyond the museum, and facilitate workshops and trainings.

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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?

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

Funding

Generous support is provided by the North Shore Affiliate of the MCA, The Duchossois Family Foundation, and Luminarts Cultural Foundation.