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


This year’s 21Minus has been postponed.

Led by members of the Teen Creative Agency (TCA), 21Minus is the MCA’s annual celebration of the vision and voices of Chicago artists and creative leaders under the age of 21. TCA’s creative energy is now being directed towards encouraging the museum to embrace anti-racist practices within an abolitionist framework. Sparked by the need for transparency regarding any museum funding of the Chicago Police Department, the TCA has called on museum leadership to address structural inequities throughout the institution. TCA members envision a museum that celebrates the value of Black lives not only in its exhibition program but in its internal workings and public communication.

Youth programs staff at the MCA support TCA’s efforts to radically reimagine ourselves, our institutions, and our world. In order to support this ongoing work, MCA youth programming has been paused. Youth programs staff are committed to anti-oppressive learning in working with youth, wholeheartedly supporting their organizing efforts, and the structural changes to this program that will come from this youth collective.


Join the MCA’s Teen Creative Agency for a virtual celebration of Chicago artists under 21.

Explore live workshops and performances, downloadable zines, and DIY activities that open up conversations about power, justice, and creative agency. Build community virtually with other youth and adult allies.

TCA is excited to invite people of all ages to participate in our first ever virtual takeover. This program is free and open to anyone, of any age, anywhere in the world. Join us on the MCA website and Zoom on June 13!

Follow @tcaatmca and #21Minus on Instagram for more details.

Featured images

Young people in bright pink t-shirts walk jubilantly down a red carpet as onlookers watch and applaud.
21Minus 2019, curated by the Teen Creative Agency June 15, 2019
Photo: Torie McMillan, © MCA Chicago


Teens take over the MCA with installations, workshops, performances, videos, music, and print works by Chicago artists under 21.

The MCA’s Teen Creative Agency—25 curious and creative 15 to 19-year-olds from all over the Chicagoland area—present the eighth annual 21Minus. This festival of teen creativity and passion fills the museum with exciting 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.