MCA Studio:
YouMedia, Open Mic

Free With Admission


The bright yellow entry wall of an exhibition bears the floor-to-ceiling title, "THE FREEDOM PRINCIPLE." In the foreground of the image, stool-sized boxes in wood and paper appear; beyond the yellow wall, there is a light installation of the word "ME" stacked atop the word "WE."
An interpretive installation composed of desks from closed-down Chicago public schools created by artist John Preus in conjunction with The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, MCA Chicago, Jul 11–Nov 22, 2015
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago


Titled "Freedom of Speech," this YouMedia Open Mic is a special, open platform event where young adults can share their creative voices—using the art of rhythm and poetry—through prompts from The Freedom Principle exhibition. Freedom of Speech is hosted by Headstrong Urban Educated Youth (“Huey”), a group of young, talented artists. Sign up for Open Mic opens 30 minutes prior to the start of the event and is first come, first served.

YOUMedia Chicago creates innovative, 21st-century teen learning spaces at 11 Chicago Public Library locations, connecting young adults, books, media, mentors, and institutions.