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TCA Lead Artist

Are you someone who is:

  • Passionate about socially-engaged cultural practice?
  • Committed to creative youth development?
  • Personable when interacting with teens from all backgrounds?

If so, then the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is looking for you!

We have an opening for a part-time TCA (Teen Creative Agency) Lead Artist. Under the direction of the Manager of Youth and Family Programs, TCA Lead Artists execute quality teen-led programming, guiding the teens on tone, design choices, and internal communication. TCA Lead Artists operate under the program’s theme of social practice: the principles of sociability, audience-engagement, curiosity, and discussion. Collaborating closely with their fellow Lead Artist, TCA members, the Manager of Youth and Family Programs, and MCA staff, they work to raise the profile of MCA Chicago. To be successful in this role, you must:

  • Collaborate with the other TCA Lead Artist and Manager of Family and Youth Programs to conceptualize and guide the TCA.
  • Focus on a specific component of TCA – how social practice manifests within the museum and/or within the larger Chicago community – while also co-guiding the program towards its goals.
  • Nurture teens as they generate ideas, set priorities, anticipate demands, and coordinate deadlines.

Required qualifications include a minimum of three years’ experience working with teens, an active creative practice (in visual art, multi-media, performance, writing, etc.), and:

  • Demonstrated strong understanding of youth development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of internal museum structures, contemporary art, art interpretation, and public speaking.
  • Experience facilitating inquiry-based gallery conversations.
  • Demonstrated capacity to give and incorporate feedback into practice, including organizing their own work to fit within a team.
  • Professional demeanor, good judgment, and excellent people skills, including effective verbal communication.
  • Ability to see works of visual art and hear and respond verbally to the voices of other people is required.

This is a part-time position on Saturdays from June through September, with weekday and evening availability as required to fulfill responsibilities and for related museum activities. Ability to operate computers, printers, and telephones and general mobility throughout the building required.

Interested? APPLY NOW

P.S. The MCA provides great benefits to part-time staff that include: visiting the MCA’s galleries, curator led staff tours of MCA exhibitions, discounts at the MCA Store and MCA restaurant Marisol, discounts for MCA Stage and other programs, plus a wide variety of discounts at many cultural institutions in the Chicagoland area.

The MCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. In addition, we aspire to make the MCA community and our environment – staff, audiences, artists, programs, and exhibitions – reflective of the diversity of the city of Chicago and to capture the spirit of access, inclusion, and equity in all we do. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at:

Contact Info:
Human Resources
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago