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MCA Learning Series 2023–24:

The Impact of Food Apartheid in Education

Three people standing in a semicircle look off into the distance. In their hands they hold a handful of paper.

Spring 2023 Educator Workshop, Apr 22, 2023, MCA | Crown Room. Photo: Alexis Ellers.

Throughout the year, the MCA hosts high-quality professional development programming, open to teachers of all subjects, grade levels, and disciplines. These events are educator-specific, skills-based trainings on contemporary arts integration. Programs are designed in connection with the cultural assets of the MCA and the needs of the Chicago area educators. In keeping with addressing issues of relevance, the 2023-24 Learning Series is a four-part series focused on the impact of food apartheid in education.

We use the term apartheid as it acknowledges the existence of economic and racial segregation systems—and as history has shown us, apartheid systems can be dismantled through collective action. Throughout the series, we explore ways to develop community-based solutions to address food insecurity and inequity. We invite you to join us for this powerful series.


The structure of the series is as follows:

Oct 21, 2023

In session one, we explore the development of systems of food apartheid and its negative impacts on students and the communities supporting them.


Mar 2, 2024

This session explores potential models of food justice, as practiced by educators, parents, and other community activists.


Apr 27, 2024

Session three focuses on supplying teachers with the resources, connections, and confidence needed to begin to transform their communities.


May 24, 2024

Our fourth and final session recapitulates all of the work done throughout the series.