Picture Me Program at MoCP

Since 2003, the MoCP has hosted intensive after school photography programs in three Chicago high schools, Curie, Juarez, and Senn. This program cultivates Chicago teens as independent artists who gain skill and technique as they develop their creative voices developing independent projects. Each program site is co-taught by a team of working artists. Learning is enhanced through museum field trips and contact with MoCP staff and guest artists. Graduates of the Picture Me program have gone on to study art at institutions including Columbia College Chicago; the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois. 

Talking Back: Chicago Youth Respond

Each Spring (since 2003) the MoCP hosts a culminating exhibition featuring the strongest work by Chicago teens who participate in the museum’s high school programs.  Students play a role in editing and designing the display of their work which is professionally hung in the MoCP galleries by Columbia College student interns.  

Recent Program News

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.