Our artist-led tours, workshops, and residencies, invite students and teachers to explore, debate, and reflect upon the important ideas that lie at the heart of contemporary art. All programs are free for Illinois K–12 schools and teachers.



Group of children sitting and kneeling in a gallery raise hands as if to answer a question
Fifth graders from Skinner West Elementary School discuss a work by John Cage with a teaching artist during a free school tour
Photo: Joshua Longbrake, © MCA Chicago


Generous support for school programs is provided by Anne and Chris Reyes; The Crown Family; GCM Grosvenor; Peoples Gas Community Fund; Andrea and Jim Gordon, The Edgewater Funds; Aon; Ariel Investments; the Harris Family Foundation; Illinois Tool Works; JHL Capital Group, LLC; Katten Muchin Rosenman; Graff; Northern Trust; William Blair & Company; the Helen Brach Foundation; Cari and Michael Sacks; and Carol Prins and John Hart/The Jessica Fund.

Major ongoing support is provided by the Cari and Michael J. Sacks Fund for Chicago Public Schools.