Apply to join TCA for the 2020–21 school year (Sep 2020–Jun 2021). The deadline for applications has been extended. Please check back for more information in July.
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.
June 2020 Update
Sparked by the need for transparency regarding any museum funding of the Chicago Police Department, the Teen Creative Agency has called on museum leadership to address structural inequities throughout the institution. TCA members envision a museum that celebrates the value of Black lives not only in its exhibition program but in its internal workings and public communication.
Youth programs staff at the MCA support TCA’s efforts to radically reimagine ourselves, our institutions, and our world. In order to support this ongoing work, MCA youth programming has been paused. Youth programs staff are committed to anti-oppressive learning in working with youth, wholeheartedly support their organizing efforts, and the structural changes to this program that will come from this youth collective.
2019–20 TCA Members: