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.

Seen here is MCA artist Guide Joelle Mercedes with 4th-6th grade students during a field trip as a part of the MCA's multi-visit program – their smiles are contagious!

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

<br / > Family Days open the museum for the whole family – a perfect space to express creativity with activities led by contemporary artists. As shown here, families experiment with color and texture as they create recyclable art with their children.

Photo: Grace Duval, © MCA Chicago

<br / > Teen Creative Agency (TCA) engages 25 Chicago-area 15–19-year-olds, through a two-year program where they meet weekly with artists, curators, and MCA staff. The TCA also creates events like the Zine Release Party – a celebration of new zines (DIY Publications) by Chicago artists under 21. Pictured here are TCA members presenting this showcase in the MCA Commons.

Photo: Torie McMillan, © MCA Chicago

<br / > The MCA supports educators through the yearlong Teacher Institute, which connects teachers with peers and practicing artists to develop innovative contemporary curricular and online resources, and through The School Partnership for Art and Civic Engagement (SPACE), the MCA's multiyear partnership with Chicago public high schools. Seen here, students and teachers come together to host a parade from Curie High School to the post office to mail 1,200 student-designed postcards on civic topics.

Photo: Braxton Black, © MCA Chicago

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:

Where does MCA funding go?

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To donate by mail, please download the form. 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.