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Family Day | Express Yourself Through Movement

November 12, 202211:00 am - 3:00 pm

Admission is free to Family Day attendees. MCA admission is always free to anyone under 18.  

ASL interpretation is provided. 

A woman and young girl dance in the MCA Commons surrounded by instruments and a crowd of people. Photo: Ricardo Adame.

About the Event

Designed and led by Chicago artists, Family Days are monthly programs at the MCA for all families and youth. Enjoy FREE admission while taking part in workshops, open studio sessions, gallery tours, and performances. On November 12, engage in programs and activities focused on movement and self-expression.

Family Days are organized by Christiana Castillo, Manager of Learning, Youth Interpretive Programs. If you have any questions about Family Day programming, please email Christiana Castillo.


Artist-Led Performance

Freedom From and Freedom To

11 am–1 pm
Edlis Neeson Theater*

Watch movement and sound performers fuse their diverse artistic backgrounds and practices to create unique interactive experiences in a celebration of movement and sound. The audience is invited to randomly select a combination of artists, who then must perform together.

Featured Performers: Tuli Bera, Orlando Johnson, Shalaka Kulkarni, Erin Peisert, Peter Redgrave, Cristal Sabbagh, Matt Williams, Emmett Wilson, Christina Martin, Gaby Martinez, Luc Mosley, Katinka Kleijn, Scott Rubin, Eli Sabbagh, Ishmael Ali, Ralph Darden, Rob Frye, olula negre, Brianna Tong, and Hunter Diamond

*Please note that masks are required in the theater.

Artist-Led Activities

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

11 am–3 pm
The MCA Atrium; Dr. Paul and Dorie Sternberg Family Gallery and Ed and Jackie Rabin Gallery on the museum’s third floor; MCA Learning Studios

Get energized and slow down through movement with Teaching Artists from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Engage with Teaching Artists in social and emotional learning-based movement activities based around each of these themes:

  • Mind (eye see, mind see): What do you observe, what do you imagine?
  • Heart (I feel…): Write it, create it, share it.
  • Body (mindfulness): Breathe, stretch, and actively rest.

Featured Teaching Artists: Jamie Brunson, Rebeca G Griffin, and Daisy Rueda


11 am–3 pm
The Commons

Join Teaching Artists from SkyART and slow down with mindful visual art activities.

Featured Teaching Artists: Michael Rangel, SkyART Project Imact Program Manager, and Ellen Tritschler, SkyWAY Program Manager


Support for Family Programs is provided in part by the MCA Women’s Board Family Education Initiative.