Public Programs

Through Public Programming, Hyde Park Art Center serves as a hub of exploration, relevant conversations, and ideas for people of all communities and ages. We seek to be a fresh and forward-thinking space for today and tomorrow’s creative voices in our local and broader communities across Chicago and beyond.

Public Programs are supported by The Jentes Family Foundation.


For Center Days, Hyde Park Art Center is activated with activities throughout the center for the public, neighbors, and families. Join us for the next Center Day on April 22, 2023 for a family-friendly filled day with intergenerational art making activities, artist workshops, artist talks, open studios, curatorial tours of our exhibitions, and community collaborations. 



Ground Floor: A Living Project will explore artists who explore selfhood, identity, and performance through world building, spatiality, and objecthood. Through a multi-layered approach to understanding oneself, one’s surroundings, and the world at large, these artists utilize themselves, their interiors, and the imagined spaces in between to look inward and outward at how our interactions with self, others, found objects, and the abstraction of identity offer insight into living space.

Through a series of workshops, performances and talks, we will present a panel discussion, A Perception of Selfhood to explore how the practice of identity manifests in the larger context of society and others, a series of workshops that will explore the objects and words that ground us and how interiority contributes to world building and space, and the body in practice through performance and persona.

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Join Regarding the Missing Objects exhibition artists Elana Adler, Tirtza Even, Ben Segal, and Maggie Taft, as they discuss what it’s like to be an artist making work within a complex political climate which often silences discourse in relation to Palenstine and Israel. The artists will explore the role that censorship plays not only institutionally but through self-censorship and omission. How does the act of resisting silencing impact the creative freedom of expression? The artists will discuss the mental and emotional labor that infuses politically-oriented art and practice.


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Check out excerpts from our screening and the full discussion centering the youth and filmmaker behind the “Change The Name” campaign and documentary on Chicago’s West side. In our 2020 Virtual MLK Day Celebration: Gamechangers and Namechangers, we featured the young people behind the fight for the Douglass Park name change. In this virtual program we caught up with these fearless young leaders, who have since been featured in a BET documentary filmed by Cai Thomas.

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Center Program and Dream Exhibition artists, Teresita Carson Valdéz, Monica Rickert-Bolter, Cydney M. Lewis, and Cecilia Beaven, discussed their works featured in the Dream exhibition, and what it means to incorporate and transform the cultural heritage within their work and imagine the future and mobility of a cultural aesthetic for a new world. Moderated by D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem.


Center Program and Dream Exhibition Artist, Mayumi Lake, and Dr. Ayako Yoshimura (University of Chicago Japanese Studies Librarian) discuss the history, myth, and the symbolic importance of flower designs in Japanese textiles and kimonos.