The Teen Creative Agency (TCA) at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) hosts an annual festival for young people under 21 called 21Minus. We are currently accepting project proposals for this year’s event, which will take place on May 30th.

This is an incredible opportunity for young creative makers and thinkers to showcase their talents at the museum! Anyone under 21 with something to share is invited, regardless of whether they consider themselves an artist.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, February 27 at 9am

21Minus will be on May 30


Apply now to present at this year’s Curriculum Slam!

Does your curriculum inspire students to engage with the ideas and art of our time? Do you have a project or lesson plan you’d like to share?  Can you tell your story in 7 minutes using PowerPoint?

We are now accepting applications for presenters at the 2015 Curriculum Slam!
The Slam! will take place Tuesday May 5th, 2015, from 4:30-6:30pm.

Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, March 8, 2015. 

The Curriculum Slam! is a forum for educators to showcase fresh, creative ways to bring contemporary art and ideas into the classroom. Meet educators whose work embraces the spirit of inquiry and innovation. Hear how they engage students with the contemporary. Forget the curriculum fair. At the Curriculum Slam, the MCA hands educators the mic!

What is the format?
• Eight presenters are selected by application
• Each presentation: 7 minutes, 14 PowerPoint slides, 30 seconds per slide
• Breakout discussions after the presentations

Who can apply?
Teachers and teaching artists from all grade levels and academic disciplines may apply. Applicants must have prior experience in a classroom setting.

How do I apply?
The application consists of 2 parts:
•    Part I:  Tell us about yourself and the project you are interested in sharing.
•    Part II:  Share (3) images that help tell the story of the project you would like to present.

Where can I download the application?
Go to our website to download Parts I and II

Why apply?
The MCA Curriculum Slam is probably the most efficient use of a teacher’s PD and networking time. Nowhere else will you gain such deep information on practice of such variety and enjoyment. The format is simply wonderful, and presenting is one of the more fulfilling experiences of my professional development career. I get to share awesome practices from my own classroom and absorb even more awesome opportunities while in the process of having a good time with peers.–Christopher Sykora, 2014 Slam Presenter and Teacher at Deerfield High School

Not ready to present? Sign up to attend!
We encourage you to attend to gather ideas, connect with your peers, and fuel your teaching practice. Space is limited, and registration is required.
Register to attend online.

2015 MCA Curriculum Slam Application – Part II

2015 MCA CurriculumSlam_Application_PartI


Chicago Teachers Union Arts Committee requests a personal email address of any arts teacher who is looking for a long-term subbing position or possibly a permanent assignment.  We want to encourage the schools to hire subs who are in that field.  We currently have a position at a NW side high school that will need an art sub from March to year-end and most likely become a position next year.

Please send your name/email to John Perryman, Chair of the CTU arts committee [email protected]  or Tina Mangos  [email protected].

Teachers of students in grades 9 – 12 are invited to enter their students’ artwork in the 2015 Illinois Arts Education Week Poster Contest. The postmark deadline to mail entries and forms to ISBE in Springfield is Monday, December 2, 2014.  The theme for the 2015 poster is: Art is Timeless, and the image should relate in some way to the four arts that are included in the Illinois State Standards (visual arts, dance, theatre and music). Teachers may enter an unlimited number of poster designs, but only one entry per student and one entry form for each poster. Click here to download the entry form, or go to the spring IAEA Mosaic and IAEA 2014 conference program for a paper copy of the form.
The student whose work is selected to appear on the poster that will be mailed to all schools in Illinois in March 2015 will be recognized at the 2015 IAEA fall conference and at the ISBE spring Board meeting. Students should not include the text and heading for the poster – these components will be added after the poster image is chosen. Contact Cornelia Powell at: [email protected] with questions or call (217-524-4832).


You can click on the three posters by previous high school artists to view or download.

2013:  Holly Johnson (Hinsdale South High School)

2011:  Nicole Maslow (Hinsdale South High School)

2009:  Niki Annes (Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, Chicago)

Art is not always about paper, paint, and clay; it’s about ‘Celebrating Creativity’ throughout a students’ day. Learn about Newspaper Fashion Shows, Edible Color Wheels, Artistic Photo Stories, Artsy Games, as well as many other Cross Curricular Activities. Please feel free to bring your own ideas to share too!


Westfield Middle School –
149 Fairfield Way
Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108


Wednesday, January 14th 2015


4:00pm till whenever? If people need to come late, that is no problem!


FREE $0 But please bring a snack to share!

Participants Allowed: 

24 max


Teacher: Deyana Matt – Email [email protected] with questions.

inovators 1Educators know that test scores and grade point averages don’t always tell the whole story. To recognize and celebrate those students whose contributions are innovative, creative, or inspirational, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has launched a new awards program, “Celebrating High School Innovators.”

“The motivation, creativity and tenacity to innovate are essential for our society,” explained Ray Price, co-director of the Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education at Illinois.  Price and his team partnered with Paul Ritter, a biology, ecology, and earth science teacher at Pontiac Township High School, to develop a special event to honor high school students across Illinois who have been able to meet current and emerging social needs through innovation in one of five areas: Arts, Media, & Literature; Business Entrepreneurship; Food, Health & Nutrition; Social Entrepreneurship; and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM).

The new program, which has the endorsement of several Illinois teachers associations, the regional superintendents of schools, and the Governor’s office, reflects the organizers’ belief that test scores and grade point averages do not tell us every important thing about our students. 
Continue reading “New University of Illinois Program to Recognize High School Student Innovators”

freestyle photographic workshopThe IAEA’s Northeast Council partnered with Freestyle Photographic Supply on Wednesday night, September 24th to offer area teachers a free workshop at Niles West High School. Freestyle Photo provided teachers with some truly great information on how to take ordinary photographs and make them extraordinary. Participants were also provided with a free gift for attending. The evening concluded with a presentation by Chris Sykora on “Social Constructivism“. Thanks to all our attendees for making the evening a success!.
The Northeast Council is planning to bring Freestyle back this coming Spring. In this next workshop, teachers will spend the day with two objectives in mind: (1) learning how to properly select the right paper for printing and (2) printing their own personal photos using a variety of specially selected papers and printers. Date and time TBD.

The IAEA’s Northeast East Council in conjunction with Freestyle Photographic is sponsoring a free workshop for art educators. The focus of this event is the importance of printing and all the different media available today. The evening will conclude with a presentation/discussion led by Chris Sykora from Deerfield High School on social awareness projects, facilitating students towards self-guided curriculum that is experience based, and using inquiry as the vehicle for learning.

The workshop will be held at Niles West High School on Wednesday, September 24th from 6-8pm. Niles West HS is located at 5701 W. Oakton St. in Skokie. Space will be available for 24 participants. Registration id now open and can be completed by logging on to

*All participants will receive a generous gift courtesy of Freestyle Photographic for their participation.


Social Constructivism Applied to the Digital Classroom.

Presented by Chris Sykora

Participants will take part in a presentation and discussion on themes surrounding social awareness projects, facilitating students towards self-guided curriculum that is experience based, and using inquiry as the vehicle for learning.

Discussion will center around applying practical approaches including examples, as well as, theory to contemporary and conceptual art experiences, touching on Olivia Gude’s work on “why we need new art styles for contemporary thought”. Participants will examine the new art styles are about free and creative self-expression and pushing students to being involved in the world. We will talk about how meaning is constructed and how it operates in physical space, valuing experience as much as making, moving outside of the classroom. Learn to value your role as a teacher, and as an artist collaboratively making real art with your students, not under the guise of a standardized curriculum, but with student ownership and free expression as the fuel.

Sign up now, space is limited!

If you are a full-time undergraduate or graduate student, you can attend the IAEA 2014 Conference in Lisle, IL on November 6-8 and be reimbursed for half of your conference registration fee by investing six or more hours of service during the conference. Under the coordination of Steven Ciampaglia, IAEA Student Advisor, you will be placed in various volunteer positions. Upon completion of the conference, you will submit your record of service and the reimbursement will be mailed to you after the conference. This volunteer opportunity is only available to FULL TIME students (undergrads with at least 12 registered hours and grad students with at least 9 hours.) You will be able to attend the conference sessions, workshops and special activities while also meeting your service hours. This is a great opportunity to network with art teachers from around the state and become involved with your state professional association. The positions fill fast, so contact Steven Ciampaglia immediately at: [email protected] to enroll in the Student Assistants program. The deadline to enroll is October 11, but the positions fill quickly and are assigned as requests are received.

Membershow 1The IAEA Member Show deadline has been extended to MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15. This is the final deadline, and the entries will judged the week of the 15th. This show has also been called the Electronic Gallery, and it is open to all current IAEA members. All entry forms must be scanned and emailed along with the image templates to Guest Curator Jeff Horwat by September 15 at:[email protected]. The entry fee is still $15.00 for up to 10 images. Entry forms can be mailed with your payment check but must be received by September 15. Missing materials will disqualify your entries. Entry forms, instructions and the image template can be accessed under the UPDATES heading on the IAEA website homepage at (click on “blog”). Printed entry form and instruction were published in the spring Mosaic issue. Please contact Jeff Horwat at the email address listed here if you have any questions.