Youth

Teen Creative Agency

Announcement

TCA applications have closed for the 2019-2020 school year. Please check back for the 2020-2021 application in spring 2020.

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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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2019–20 TCA Members:

Ari Antos
Ell Avila
Okicize Beauvais
Daniel Brito-Virto
Ariel Burciaga
Nina Cleofe
Angelina Cofer
Alex Gallegos
Van Gavia
Zoe Haralambidis
Elvis Hernandez
Imani Joseph
Ari Karafiol
Martin Kong
Hisham Kysia
Laila Latta
Diego Lucero
Edana Lynch
Fiona Lyons-Carlson
Chance Marks
Sophia Morris
Noé Nelli
Salvador Patron
Isaiah Robinson
Graham Webster
Vivian Zamora
Logan Zayas

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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Funding

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.