Family Day Activities

Free For Families


Join the MCA Family Day community online for special artist-created activities for all ages.

Participate in live workshops via Zoom. RSVP for this free program to receive pre-show information, virtual viewing tips and tricks, and to stay connected to the MCA community. All programs will happen in the same Zoom Room at the listed times. Only one RSVP is needed to attend all three programs.

All programs will also be on Facebook Live.

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Featured images

Families participate in projects led by Chicago artists in Family Day: Morph November 10, 2018
Photo: Victoria Bornstein, © MCA Chicago

Featured image

A person with big pink hair, dressed in colorful apparel, jewelry, and makeup, covers their left eye with a mask, with an expression of surprise.
Chamilla Foxx
Photo: Drag Files, courtesy of the artist

Paper Dolls

Three cartoon figures, each with different skin tones, apparel, and hair, stand in a row with left hands raised in a thumbs-up gesture.

Paper Dolls by Lizz Ortiz
Image courtesy of artist

Queer Plushies

An orange rainbow with winky eye clouds on each end and a tuft of orange fluff on top lays on a bed of grass.

Rainbowie Plushies, Fiber-Crafts by Mikey Anderson
Photo by: Samatha Wascher


Drag Queen Story Time

10–10:30 am CST
Join Chicago Queen Chamilla Foxx for family-friendly story time. Chamilla Foxx will read selections of her favorite books from the MCA Store and perform one of her favorite songs.

Reading list:
Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman
Except When they Don't by Laura Gehl
Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Chicago ABC by John Skewes
Rainbow Legends Alphabet by Beck Feiner
Portrait of an Artist: Frida Kahlo by Lucy Brownridge
These books are all available at the MCA Store.

Move with Art

10:45–11:15 am CST
Get up and move your body! Artists Ione Sanders and Marcela Torres lead families in stretching, dancing, and playing with movement inspired by works in the MCA Collection.

Plushies and Paper Dolls

11:30 am–noon CST
Learn how to make plushies and paper dolls that embrace all identities with artists Mikey Anderson and Lizz Ortiz. Participate in short, interactive demonstrations with each artist. Afterwards, join a video show-and-tell with the artists to share paper dolls, plushies, or other homemade characters that represent your family's identities.

Follow these tutorials from Lizz and Mikey to make plushies and paper dolls any time. Bring your plushies and paper dolls to the show-and-tell on Saturday.

Create: Queer Plushies Create: Paper Dolls

about the artists

About the Artists

Mikey Anderson (they/them) is a Queer artist-art therapist from the South Side of Chicago who graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in fine art and an MA in art therapy and counseling. Anderson's practice is informed by their community-driven art therapy practice, which incorporates fiber crafts, queer theory, and activism.

Chamilla Foxx (she/her) is the Latin diva of Chicago with class and sass. She needs 2 x's in her name because she's extra AF!

Lizz Ortiz (they/them) is a storyteller. Regardless of the medium, Ortiz's goal is always to communicate and engage with the audience. Ortiz is interested in mental health and making healing accessible, and has worked with Nike × Virgil Abloh, Sentrock Studios, Paper Gun, and Elise Swopes. Ortiz graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May of 2017 with a BS in Environmental Science.

Ione Sanders (she/her/they/them) is a dancer and visual artist focused in printmaking and drawing. Her visual work is heavily influenced by her involvement in the contact improvisation dance community and uses the accumulation of texture and gesture to explore movement and the passage of time.

Marcela Torres (she/her/they/them) brings into action performance, objects, workshops, and sound installation that investigate the interpellation of our diaspora.


Support for Family Programs is provided in part by the MCA Women's Board Family Education Initiative.