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Hyde Park Art & Centered

May 4 @ 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

This Mental Health Awareness Month, we invite you to join us for a free day of wellness activities to center your mind with art, yoga, and workshops!

Yoga Class


Join yoga instructor, Carrie McGrath, of West Town Unwind, for a free moderate vinyasa flow! Guests are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats.

West Town Unwind offers laid back yoga and community events in beautiful and unique venues throughout West Town and surrounding neighborhoods. West Town Unwind partners with neighborhood businesses to offer yoga classes and events with sliding scale prices. Our goals are to: provide a fun space to try something new, open the door for connection and community, and inspire and be inspired by each other.

About Carrie McGrath

Carrie first found yoga shortly after moving to Chicago in 2012; she took a class at a gym out of curiosity and it’s been a love story ever since. She believes yoga feels good as a workout, but the satisfaction you feel when you go to class and find that you are now able to reach just a little further, or are finally able to get into a pose that wasn’t previously attainable – that’s the great stuff. For her, the journey is as satisfying as the individual classes.

In late 2020, Carrie had hip surgery to repair a torn labrum. At first she feared this would prevent her from practicing yoga and limiting exercise, in general. However, she found it to be a new challenge that helped her expand her practice, refocusing more on safe recovery and form rather than just getting a good sweat.

Carrie’s favorite yoga classes are ones that feel almost like choreography, seamlessly moving from one pose to another, encouraging you to forget what you’re doing and just feel good and go with the flow.

Carrie believes that one’s entry point into yoga can set the tone for how they feel about it in the long run. Her goal is to curate classes that are fun, accessible to a wide variety of people, and give students something to connect with or strive for after class.

We Felt Everything: Art Making Activity with Lucia Calderon-Arrieta


Teaching artist, Lucia Calderon Arrieta, will lead participants in a brief needle-felting project where participants will consider the feelings they want to cultivate in their lives. Participants will be prompted to free-write about their feelings, identify a story or narrative associated with one or two of them, and create a felt charm to help them carry that intention with them.

The People’s Ring Shout


In conjunction with our exhibition, The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige, Honey Pot Performance presents The People’s Ring Shout, an experimental movement and sound workshop inspired by traditional ring shout rituals. As a core symbol in Honey Pot Performance’s practice, they engage this early Black Americana form of movement, song, and collectivity to explore the power of embodied Black heritage and spirituality. HPP’s exploration of the ring shout derives from their original work Ladies Ring Shout, an evening length performance and celebration of Black women and femme voices, that explored themes such as representation, love, trauma, quality of life, spirituality, healing, and defining communities of care.


Hyde Park Art Center
5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615
Chicago, IL 60615 US
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