Teachers Overview Page

Check out and apply to our FREE Multiple Visit Program. Learn more here

Free artist-led programs and teacher resources help educators incorporate contemporary art and culture into their classrooms.

Participate in free programs for Illinois teachers

The MCA offers free teacher programs for Illinois teachers. Participants receive CPDUs. Vouchers for free parking in the MCA garage are provided pending availability.

Click here for a schedule of upcoming programs.

Teacher Workshops

Looking for fresh ideas for your curriculum? Join us for a Teacher Workshop. Practicing artists design and lead these programs, using exhibitions and works of art at the MCA serve as fodder. At Teacher Workshops you will investigate works of art in the galleries, make art, and connect these experiences back to your classroom. Upcoming Workshops.

Educator Salons

What’s happening in art, teaching, and learning right now? Salons tackle timely issues, provide access to provocative speakers, and promote an open exchange among peers and colleagues. Upcoming Educator Salons.

Teacher Institute

Looking for a deep and sustained professional development experience? In our year-long Teacher Institute, teachers and artists engage in rich dialogue and inquiry about contemporary art and contemporary teaching and learning; create innovative, contemporary curriculum; and build a dynamic and collaborative community of creative practitioners. Click here for more information.

Bring your students to the MCA

Learn more about our artist-led tours for students in grades 1–12 in our Schools section.

Tap into resources for your teaching

Explore teaching materials developed by members of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Teacher Institute to use as inspiration and application back in your classroom.

Visit the MCA often! The MCA offers free admission to Illinois elementary and high school teachers. Simply present a valid teacher ID at the admissions desk. Can’t carry your ID with you? Email us to request a teacher pass.

Take advantage of all that the MCA has to offer. In addition to our programs, we invite you to find inspiration in the MCA’s rich and wide-ranging collection of art, access to the voices and ideas of living artists, and more.

Click here for resources.

Keep in touch

To keep current with exciting opportunities for educators at the MCA, all you need to do is sign up to join our educator email list.

On Facebook? So are we! Like the MCA Teacher Programs page.


MCA Teacher Advisory Committee
The Teacher Advisory Committee is made up of Chicago-area teachers who work together to create and advise on projects that make connections between contemporary art and other subject areas. The committee is comprised of Chicago Public School teachers, suburban teachers, private school teachers, art teachers, non-art teachers, and MCA Education Department staff members.

Current Members
Troy Authement, Daniel Zizumbo Charter School
Bridget Doherty, Taft High School
William Higgins, Lakeview Elementary School
Marcia LaPorte, Proviso East High School
Marina Lopez, Spry Elementary School
Kristal Pacheco, UNO Major Hector P. Garcia MD Charter High School
Lisa Wax, Whitney Young High School
Matt Winkelman, Lake Zurich High School
Zachary Wisser, Cary-Grove High School


Support for teacher programs at the MCA is generously provided by the Polk Bros. Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by Crown Family Philanthropies and Discover.


Discover Grayscale 2014