About the Event
Pocket Con is coming to Family Day at the MCA! Meet creators, attend workshops and panels, play teen-created video games, and try out costuming and art in a space that celebrates and welcomes diversity.
Designed and led by Chicago artists, Family Day is a monthly program that allows families and youth to connect and engage with contemporary art through activities and performances for all ages. Enjoy FREE admission while taking part in workshops, open studio sessions, gallery tours, performances, and more.
ASL interpretation provided.
About Pocket Con
Pocket Con is a free single-day convention for Chicago youth brought to you by a partnership between the Chicago Public Library, Stomping Grounds Literary Arts Initiative, and The Museum of Contemporary Arts Chicago. It focuses on work by artists of color, particularly African-American authors and artists, and comics with a primary black character.
Pocket Con was established with the goal of promoting literacy and creativity in young people, increasing visibility for artists and writers of color, and facilitating networking and mentorship opportunities. It is intended to be a celebration of diversity in creativity that presents no economic barriers to anyone. Pocket Con features the works of artists and writers of color, women, and LGBTQ+ creators, with a special focus on characters and creators of color.
Imagine a day filled with interactive workshops, engaging panel discussions, cosplay contests, and a marketplace showcasing independent and professional working artists of color. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just curious, Pocket Con is the perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded creatives and experience the vibrant pop culture community. Take advantage of this epic gathering of geeks and blerds!
Activities are included with museum admission.
Edlis Neeson Theater (Ground Floor)
Eve Ewing Interview
Women’s Board Learning Studios (3rd Floor)
Faith Ringgold Storytime and Art
11:30 am–12:30 pm
Kids Drawing Workshop with George Gant
Paper Doll Art with Monstrochika
Best of the Best with Chicago Public Library Teen Interns
Crown Family Room (3rd Floor)
10 am–4 pm
The Colosseum by Howard Area Clubhouse
Super Smash Brothers Tournament
Clubhouse Cosplay Kart Tournament
Teen Authored Games
10 am–4 pm
Faith Ringgold Exhibition
Teen Artist Portfolio Review
Stomping Grounds Literary Arts Initiative
Howard Area Clubhouse Corner
- Costumers with a Cause
- Chicago POC Cosplay
- Vampy Snow
Support for Family Programs is provided in part by the MCA Women’s Board Family Education Initiative.