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Family Day | Uplift

December 10, 202211:00 am - 3:00 pm

Admission is free to Family Day attendees. ASL interpretation is provided.

Four women, members of Las Bompleneras, stand in front of the original Puerto Rican flag with instruments in their hands. Photo: Ivelisse Diaz.

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 December 10, engage in programs and activities focused on uplifting visual art-making and bomba and plena performances.

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

Las Bompleneras

11:30 am–12:30 pm
4th-floor lobby

Las Bompleneras is an all-women group from Chicago that has been uplifting and bringing visibility to the role and power of women in Puerto Rican Bomba y Plena since 2010.

Featured performers: Ivelisse Diaz, Anissa Vega, Lauren Brooks, Maya Fernandez, Dania Vega

Old Town Folk School of Music

1–3 pm
Edlis Neeson Theater*

Join Old Town School of Folk Music’s performance duo, Kaben Kafo, for a rhythm circle performance inspired by Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today. Family Day guests are invited to engage and play music within the rhythm circle throughout the performance.

*Please note that masks are required in the theater.

Artist-Led Activity

Cityscapes Coloring and Collage Station with Rebel Betty

11 am–3 pm
The Commons

Chicago artist Rebel Betty leads youth and families through a collaging activity with a social justice lens connected to the MCA exhibition Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today. Using Alia Farid’s colorful textile work Mezquitas de Puerto Rico (2014) as a reference, color in or arrange a cityscape using markers, crayons, and/or collage materials.


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