To better extend the MoCP’s educational mission into the urban community that we serve, for the past ten years, the MoCP has hosted intensive after school photography programs in three Chicago high schools. This program cultivates Chicago teens as independent artists in programs led by teaching teams of working artists, enhanced by museum field trips and contact with MoCP staff and guest artists. Graduates of the Picture Me program have gone on to study art at numerous institutions including Columbia College Chicago; the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois.

Recent Program News
Changing Chicago Revisited

In 1987, the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documentary project, Chicagoan Jack Jaffe sponsored a project called Changing Chicago, for which he commissioned thirty-three photographers to capture the people and places of day-to-day urban life in the city.

For the exhibition 1979:1 - 2012:21: Jan Tichy Works with the MoCP Collection, which was exhibited at the MoCP in 2012, Tichy revisited the Changing Chicago project by selecting and displaying photographs by each of the thirty-three photographers. Among this cacophony of images, Tichy intersperses seven of his own original video responses to Changing Chicago, inspired by the project as well as by his own experience of living in Chicago for past five years.

In 2013/14 Tichy worked with students from the MoCP community engagement programs at Senn and Juarez high schools who also created short video works inspired by Changing Chicago.  

This fall Tichy worked with Chicago teens from Chicago High School for the Arts, which was recently featured on The Art Assignment.