Public Programs

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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.

CENTER DAYS

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 Saturday on September 24th 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. Masks are still required at the Art Center. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Join us for our July Movies in the Lot with Filmfront!

Filmfront presents a program of recent short works by Black experimental filmmakers and artists exploring the act of reading for revolutionary purposes and finding acts of resistance in the written/spoken word. Featuring films by Ephraim Asili, Claudrena N. Harold, Kevin Jerome Everson, Ayo Akingbade, Cauleen Smith, and an in-person live reading/new work by Imani Elizabeth Jackson.

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Join Gilda’s Boutique and the Hyde Park Art Center for Hyde Park Flea outdoors in our parking lot and plaza.

Hyde Park Flea is an exciting curation of unique vendors offering vintage, fashion, art, furniture, jewelry and antiques.

PAST VIRTUAL EVENTS

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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.

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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.

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