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The MCA relies on your generous support to help us be a leading contemporary art institution. There are many ways that you can contribute.


The exhibition curator speaks with a small group inside *The Freedom Principle* exhibition.

Former Manilow Senior Curator, Dieter Roelstraete, talking with Circle Donors at a Freedom Principle's

© MCA Chicago

Membership at the MCA isn't simply about discounts—it's about belonging to a community that supports living artists and their work.

Annual Fund

A photograph, captured from a distance, depicts a large group of people seated on the MCA's front steps.

Your donation to the Annual Fund helps the MCA's mission to exhibit and support artists—both local and international. More than 600 artists turned up on the MCA's front steps on June 15, 2015, for Jason Lazarus’s Chicago Artist Group Portrait, a tribute to the Chicago artist community

Photo: Jason Lazarus

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.

Institutional giving

Ten people wearing semi-formal attire stand in small groups around a metal sculpture on a long white pedestal.

Artist Simon Starling and exhibition curator Dieter Roelstraete speak with guests during a VIP tour

Photo: Jeremy Lawson Photography © MCA Chicago

Corporations provide vital support to the MCA through their investment in our education programs, events, exhibitions, and performances. In return for their investment, corporations receive recognition, invitations to exclusive events, discounts, complimentary admission tickets, and more. Gifts to education programs, exhibitions, and performances are 100% tax deductible.

Support Groups

A trio of people socialize and drink wine in a gallery.

As part of an MCA donor group, you not only provide crucial support to the MCA but also enjoy intimate opportunities to engage with art, performance, and like-minded people who are also major contributors to Chicago's vibrant cultural community

Photo: Braxton Black for Jeremy Lawson Photography © MCA Chicago

The MCA’s support groups provide opportunities for members and donors to become more involved with the museum and the contemporary art scene. These groups connect the MCA community through special events and other unique opportunities.


Backyard of two buildings, one concrete and glass, the other glass and corrugated steel

Andreas Gursky's Studio from June 2012 trip to Documenta 13 and the Rhineland

© MCA Chicago

MCA Circle Donors and DVC Members are invited to travel to thriving cultural sites to visit private art spaces and meet local artists and cultural thinkers. Our international and domestic excursions offer participants opportunities to learn about contemporary art from artists and experts alike.

Planned Giving

MCA Family Day, Jan 10, 2015

Photo: Joshua Longbrake © MCA Chicago

By including us in your estate plans, you make a profound and lasting impact on the future of the MCA.