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21Minus | Love & Liberation

June 15, 20241:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free for anyone age 21 and under and their families, though all are welcome to attend.

ASL provided

About the Event

“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

Liberation is defined as the act of being freed from imprisonment, slavery, or some type of captivity. Love and liberation are two things that go hand in hand. One cannot exist without the other. There are different kinds of love: self, familial, platonic, romantic, community, cultural—the bounds are limitless. How has love acted as a liberating force in your life? Contributing youth artist are asked to consider the theme of “Love and Liberation” broadly and to interpret this prompt creatively in their submissions.

About 21Minus

21Minus is a one-day showcase curated and produced by Teen Creative Agency (TCA) with support from Lead Artists Olive Stefanski and Miguel Limon, TCA Apprentice Ari Karafiol, and Ahmad Bracey, Manager of Youth and Schools.

During 21Minus, museum admission is free for people ages 21 and under and their families.

ASL provided.


1st Floor/Theater

1:30–1:45 pm
Dimensions | Kayla Gilmore

4:45–5 pm
My Wonderous Gifts: Shadow Puppet Play | Daniela Loza

2nd Floor

2D Art Displays

All Day

  • Crime of Passion | Amanda Giron
  • Where She Stares | Sammi Caldera
  • The Fool and The Tower | Maaha Webb
  • Distress | Angela Lim
  • Interwoven; Daydreams and Vulnerabilities | Indigo Field
  • We Go On | Selah Payne
  • Mind Eat Self Eat Mind Eat Me | Mac Rapach

3D Art Displays

All Day

  • Old Hands, New Eyes | Amanda Smithivas
  • Again | Charlotte Chilton
  • Clowns | Olive Merrill
  • SEAMLINES | Maggie Fan
  • A Broken Record | Mimi Moore
  • Embrace | Misa Yo


All Day

  • Strands | Heaven Hill
  • Absence of a Hug | Evelyn Hernandez


3–3:30 pm
Saw Dust Overdrive: Intuitive Audio, A Performance About Irene | Edana Lynch

3:45–4 pm
EVC Creations Fashion Show | Eliana Cano


2:30 and 4:30 pm
TCA merchandise giveaway

4—5 pm
Friendship bracelet workshop

All Day

  • Button making
  • Love & Liberation photo booth
  • Resources from Lurie’s Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine
  • Stories of Us by Asian Health Collective
  • Plus, snacks and gender-neutral bathrooms

3rd Floor

1:30–2:15 pm
Shrinky Dinks Workshop | TCA

2:30–3:15 pm
Analog Meme-Poem-Collages: A Cyanotype Workshop | Emma Verano

3:30–4:15 pm
Intro to Paper Weaving Workshop | Hull-House Museum

4:30–5:15 pm
Letter Writing Workshop | TCA

Plus, gender-neutral bathrooms

4th Floor

Art Installations

All Day

  • UR – PEACE FOR PROTEST | Guerrilla Art Collective at Curie HS
  • UR PEACE IN PROTEST | Luzadale at SPACE/ARTivism


All Day

  • Intro to Paper Weaving by Hull House Museum

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Lead support for Learning programs at the MCA is provided by Jana and Bernardo Hees.

Major support for Learning programs at the MCA is provided by Carol Prins and John Hart/The Jessica Fund and an anonymous donor.

Additional generous support is provided by the Friends of Edwin A. Bergman Fund, the Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, Diane Kahan, The Marshall Frankel Foundation, D. Elizabeth Price and Lou Yecies, and The William Randolph Hearst Foundations.