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21Minus | Call for Proposals

January 20, 2024 - March 01, 2024

Deadline extended! The call for 21Minus proposals now closes on March 1, 2024, at 10:30 pm.

Are you a Chicagoland resident under 21?
Do you have something to say?
Are you excited to engage hundreds of museum visitors, other youth, and artists?

Submit your project for 21Minus!

The theme for 21 Minus 2024 is Love and Liberation.

“The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love, we begin to move toward freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others. That action is the testimony of love as the practice of freedom.”
—bell hooks

Love and liberation are two things that go hand in hand. One cannot exist without the other. Liberation is defined as the act of being freed from imprisonment, slavery, or some type of captivity. Love can be seen in many different forms: self, familial, platonic, romantic, community, cultural—the bounds are limitless.

How has love acted as a liberating force in your life? We invite you to consider the theme of “Love and Liberation” broadly and to interpret this prompt creatively in your submissions.

Check out the FAQs for more information about 21Minus and making a great proposal.

21Minus is a one-day showcase curated and produced by TCA with support from Lead Artists Olive Stefanski and Miguel Limon, and Ahmad Bracey, Manager of Youth and Schools. During 21 Minus museum admission is free for people ages 21 and under and their families.

If you have additional questions about the process or have questions about 21Minus in general, contact us at [email protected].