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Support Groups

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.

Women’s Board

Women's Board members volunteer at Family Day

Photo: Ellen Chu © MCA Chicago

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Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow Faye Gleisser discusses one of the works in consideration for acquisition during the final vote, Apr 27, 2016

Photo: Jeremy Lawson © MCA Chicago

Emerge is an MCA Circle Donor affinity group of art enthusiasts, collectors, and art patrons interested in furthering the mission of the MCA.


Enact members listen to Eighth Blackbird during their CD release party at the museum

Photo: Braxton Black for Jeremy Lawson Photography © MCA Chicago

In a city famed for performing arts, MCA Stage stands out by presenting memorable performers from around the world and across cultures. Enact members are dedicated to supporting and learning more about the groundbreaking MCA Stage programs. Membership in Enact offers you a backstage look at our renowned performance program, gatherings with artists, and receiving early information about the upcoming season.

MCA Affiliates

Affiliate members and Trustees gather to celebrate Board Chair Anne Kaplan

Photo: Braxton Black for Jeremy Lawson Photography © MCA Chicago

Deepen your engagement with the MCA and connect with members in your surrounding community by joining one of the museum’s neighborhood affiliate groups. Our affiliate groups take members behind the scenes and fosters a deeper appreciation of contemporary art, supports museum programming, and offers valuable exposure to Chicago’s artists and experts.

Circle Donors

Members at the Circle Preview of the 2015 Benefit Art Auction

Photo: Jeremy Lawson © MCA Chicago

Circle Donors are among the museum's most dedicated contributors and are passionate about the arts and Chicago's vibrant cultural community. As a Circle Donor, you gain special access to the museum, meeting artists, curators, and collectors. You also receive invitations to Circle Previews—premier opportunities to see major exhibitions before anyone else—events, and programs, as well as opportunities for national travel in addition to other benefits based on your level of support. Circle Donors are invited to join Emerge, the MCA's art acquisition support group, and Enact, the MCA's performance support group.

Director’s Vision Council

DVC members gather for an event with Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn

Photo: Jeremy Lawson Photography © MCA Chicago

The ultimate in MCA membership categories, the Director’s Vision Council (DVC) offers our generous donors unprecedented access to premier contemporary artists, curators, and cultural thinkers. Members receive exclusive invitations to an annual DVC Think Tank hosted by Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn, international travel opportunities, and an intimate contemporary art discussion group led by the MCA curatorial team.