Our artist-led tours, workshops, and residencies, invite students and teachers to explore, debate, and reflect upon the important ideas that lie at the heart of contemporary art. All programs are free for Illinois K–12 schools and teachers.



Group of children sitting and kneeling in a gallery raise hands as if to answer a question
Fifth graders from Skinner West Elementary School discuss a work by John Cage with a teaching artist during a free school tour. Photo: Joshua Longbrake, © MCA Chicago.


Support for school programs is generously provided by GCM Grosvenor; Reyes Holdings, L.L.C.; The Efroymson Family Fund; The Crown Family; BMO Harris Bank; Bank of America; Allstate Insurance Company; The Edgewater Funds; Harris Holdings, Inc.; the Helen Brach Foundation; The Northern Trust Company; Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas Community Fund; The Siragusa Family Foundation; and Carol Prins and John Hart/The Jessica Fund. Major ongoing support is provided by the Cari and Michael J. Sacks Fund for Chicago Public Schools.