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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

Since the MCA's founding in 1967, the members of the Women's Board have collaborated with each other and with the museum to create dynamic programs and projects that have helped establish the MCA as an important and vibrant cultural institution. These programs have included: a lecture and film series, an art travel program (both foreign and domestic), the docent program, the community affiliate program, the MCA Store, an MCA restaurant, the opening night celebration of EXPO CHICAGO (Vernissage), Family Days, and, most recently, artsmart.


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 represent a vital core of the museum’s dedicated contributors. When you become a Circle Donor, you join a community of art enthusiasts who are passionate about deepening their understanding of the world around them, visualized through contemporary art. To our inner circle of donors, we extend a number of exclusive benefits, including invitations to Circle Previews—premier opportunities to see and celebrate MCA exhibitions first—along with a full calendar of exclusive Circle Donor events throughout the year. Becoming a Circle Donor opens the doors to connect and converse with some of today’s most forward-thinking artists, influential collectors, and world-class curators while supporting an institution that prioritizes innovation and community outreach.

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.