Under 21
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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A young person's back is to us as they lift a cluster of pink balloons over their head in the MCA's atrium. Surrounding them are a sea of balloons and people doing similar playful motions.
TCA members and 21Minus attendees participate in popping pink balloons in MCA atrium
Photo: Mikayla Delson


Teens take over the MCA!

The MCA’s Teen Creative Agency—25 curious, creative 15–19-year-olds from all over the Chicagoland area—present the sixth annual 21Minus. This festival of teen creativity and passion fills the museum with exciting, out-there projects that invite visitors to engage with the museum and each other in unexpected ways. 21Minus is curated and produced by TCA.

This event is free for people age 21 and under and their families.

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21Minus, Jun 17, 2017
Photo: Mikayla Delson
21Minus, Jun 17, 2017
Photo: Mikayla Delson
21Minus, Jun 17, 2017
Photo: Mikayla Delson



Watch main stage performances

1 pm KOLLA

2:15 pm Alexis Chilson, On Shaky Voices and Yellow Teeth

2:30 pm moist boy

3:45 pm Jendayi Ingram, The Turning Pointe

4 pm Eiigo Groove, GAD

5 pm Kuumba Lynx, Black Before Green (excerpt)

5:30 pm Finale

Expand your social justice tool kit with these radical workshops and conversations

1:30 pm Fempowerment, Siri, Social Justice, Solidarity *

2:30 pm Enrique Eguiguren, The Future of (Good) Social Justice Comedy *

2:30 pm Yollocalli, Live painting with Yollo and Tagtool

3:30 pm Screenings:

  • Teen Arts Council at UChicago Arts + Public Life, Reconstructing Chicago
  • TRACE, Growing Power and The Fresh Moves Bus
  • Ty&Vi, Colorized 2018

4 pm Street Level Youth Media, SL Cypher: The Future as Told by the Present

4:30 pm A Long Walk Home, SORRY, NOT SORRY! Self-Care Session for Teens *

*Arrive on time—workshops are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Tatiana Rodriguez, Luvpotion
15-minute performances at 1:15, 2:15, and 3:30 pm

Anisa McGowan, Parachute
30-minute performances at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm

Experience interactive installations:

Alexis Yracheta , Is it Worth Saving?
Play a game about gentrification.

Jennifer Villanueva, Al mal tiempo, buena cara (To bad times, a good face)
Watch a video about migration.

Nina Cleofe, Perspective-Restrospective
Make a mixtape for the universe.

Steven Hou, Pioneer Pedestal
Consider what data you want to protect on the digital frontier.

Snow Xu, Imperfecthuman Therapy Station TM ft. Handshake Perfector
Shake hands with a machine.

Amy Huske, Take a Fortune, Leave a Fortune
Write your future.

The Art Institute of Chicago Teen Council, future:shock
Go deep in the galleries.

Explore zines and prints

Mya Cavner
Pathways in Education: Ashburn
Siena Forest
Taeya Lowder
Teen Visionaries
Curie Metro High School


Kopano Muhammad, Black Women Spec, 21Minus, Jun 17, 2017
Photo: Mikayla Delson


The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust is the generous sponsor of Teen Creative Agency. Generous support is also provided by Lewis S. and Anne Neri Kostiner, the North Shore Affiliate of the MCA, and Luminarts Cultural Foundation at the Union League Club of Chicago.