Youth

Teen Creative Agency

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About

The Teen Creative Agency (TCA) was founded in September 2011 and is the MCA’s intensive, immersive creative youth development program.

TCA is made up of a group of 25 curious, creative, committed young people, age 15 to 19, from all over the Chicago area who meet at the MCA every Saturday for two years. Led by two artists, TCA members learn about the museum; immerse themselves in contemporary art and ideas at the MCA and elsewhere in Chicago; collaborate with museum staff, other artists, and young people; and hone their collaboration, communication, and leadership skills.

With this new knowledge, they curate exciting, unexpected, critical, and creative programs with and for their peers, as well as the general public. This includes the Living Room, a monthly pop-up program, and 21Minus, our annual festival of contemporary art and experiences developed by artists under 21 years of age.

TCA’s goal is to build a generation of connected, creative collaborators.

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Over a dozen TCA members gather and pose inside of Alexandre da Cunha's *Figurehead* sculpture.
TCA members inside Alexandre da Cunha’s Figurehead, 2015. MCA Chicago Plaza Project: Alexandre da Cunha, Jul 18, 2015–Jul 24, 2016. Photo: Mikayla Delson, © MCA Chicago.

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Funding

Generous support is provided by the North Shore Affiliate of the MCA, the Duchossois Family Foundation, Luminarts Cultural Foundation, and Cynthia Hunt and Philip Rudolph.