The MCA's diverse programs bring artists and audiences together to exchange ideas, share creative experiences, and explore contemporary art and culture.


The MCA is committed to empowering young people in Chicago. This video highlights the award-winning programs that continue the museum's legacy of youth-oriented education and position the MCA as a leading cultural resource within a diverse and energetic city.


For general inquires about learning programs at the MCA, email learning@mcachicago.org.


Children and artist guide in MCA gallery with art

Students explore the creative process, develop critical thinking skills, and make relevant connections between their lives and the art of our time.


A group of ten Chicago teens jump excitedly outside, each of them wearing a 21Minus shirt.

We invite teens to learn about art, the world, and themselves in the company of like-minded peers.


A large group of children and adults gather around a freestanding doorway-like sculpture in a brightly lit gallery space.

The MCA offers experiences that redefine the way that kids and families explore and create art together.


A side table and two chairs in front of gridded bookshelf with books and archival boxes on display

The Library and Archives collection keeps the MCA's history alive and makes it accessible to researchers and MCA staff alike.


Learning and Public Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art are made possible through the generous support of the Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, The Marshall Frankel Foundation, The William Randolph Hearst Foundations, Friends of Edwin A. Bergman Fund, and COS.