Annual Fund


Contemporary artists need a platform to share their art

When you contribute to the MCA’s Annual Fund, you enable the museum to showcase the work of living, and often local, artists.

How your contributions make a difference

Donations to the MCA Annual Fund ensure that contemporary artists and their ideas reach a wide audience—making a gift to the Annual Fund helps the museum shape art history.

Here are a few examples of artist-led programs that are thriving because of your support:

Artist Residencies, inaugurated in 2010, give visitors yearlong access to artists’ varied creative processes.

Teaching artists can frequently be seen guiding students on tours and leading conversations about key concepts in contemporary art.

Family Days open the museum for the whole family as a space to experiment, with art activities designed and led by contemporary artists.

Teen Creative Agency (TCA) engages 25 Chicago-area 15–19-year-olds, through a two-year program. Meeting weekly with artists, curators, and MCA staff, the TCA also creates events like 21Minus—a showcase for young artists 21 years and under.

Educators are supported at the MCA through workshops, salons, and the yearlong Teacher Institute, which connects teachers with peers and practicing artists to develop innovative contemporary curricula and online resources for teachers.

Where does MCA funding come from?

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59% Contributions

Membership Dues, Corporate Gifts, Foundation and Government Grants, Individual Gifts

27% Earned Revenue

Admissions, Rentals and Special Events, MCA Store and Dining Revenue

14% Endowment Revenue

Bequests, Long-term Investment Income


Where does MCA funding go?

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47% Arts and Programming

Lectures and special talks, Exhibitions, MCA Stage performances, New acquisitions for the MCA Collection, Family Education Programs

34% Maintaining Our Space

Installing new artwork, Welcoming new visitors

10% Community Outreach

Maintaining the MCA website, Printing the MCA Magazine, Creating a voice on social media

9% Access to Art

Free Family Days, Free School Tours, Free Tuesday Programming, Free Docent Tours



To donate by mail, please use the form above. For questions, contact Members Services by email or by phone, 312-397-4040.

All donations to the MCA Annual Fund are 100% tax deductible. Annual Fund donations are not membership dues and will not renew your Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago membership.