A Need to Be Involved

Accessibility Education Firsts Staff Youth

Matt Woods's first encounter with the MCA spurred a desire to be more involved in the museum.

I had the audacity to write a letter to the performance department to see if some of their performing artists would be willing to talk to our kids; I worked for AmeriCorps at the time. Yolanda replied. Looking back now I can see how crazy this is, but she replied and she made it happen. We had people like Roger Guenveur Smith come—who must have been in like all the Spike Lee movies—and talk to the kids for free. It was crazy. I was so impressed with the MCA's accessibility and how willing they were to open their doors a bit wider to our kids. I was like, "If there's any way I can be involved with this institution, I want to be involved."

Matt Woods leads a tour of The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now for teachers. Installation view, MCA Chicago, Jul 11–Nov 22, 2015. Photo © MCA Chicago.

Matt Woods leads a tour of The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now for teachers. Installation view, MCA Chicago, Jul 11–Nov 22, 2015. Photo © MCA Chicago.

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