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.


Every First Sunday of the month, Hyde Park Art Center is activated with activities throughout the center for the public, neighbors, and families. Join us for the next Center Sunday on November 7 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. This event will be an indoor/outdoor socially distanced event. Masks Required. 

Create your own oven mitt or mug rug with the Chicago’s Quilters Guild for this drop in workshop.

The issue of trash in our cities or rural areas is both a local and global problem. With imagination and vision, we can rethink what constitutes trash and what can be reused, rebuilt, remade, and recycled. This hands-on and discussion-based workshop develops new ways to reuse various materials from food to containers, to art materials.

Legend has it that the name, Chicago, is a French translation of an indigenous word for a wild onion that grew easily along the river. Please join us for a tasting and conversation about those who lived here, DuSable, and the city’s motto, “City in a Garden.”


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Asking the question “how much of the 109 tons of waste produced per person in a lifetime can be reabsorbed into one’s present needs?” Lan Tuazon repurposes and transforms discarded everyday objects—mass-produced containers, newspaper, coffee grounds, and plastic supply—to give mass to the unseen byproduct of consumption and propose an extended life span of things by processing waste as resource supply. The new works featured in the exhibition Future Fossil: SUM takes the byproducts of a throw-away society in the linear economy and grounds the conversation with a panel on the circular economy with perspectives from art, architecture, commerce and philosophy to discuss their ethos towards future challenges ahead and changing practices at present. Panelists: Kevin Adams, President and Co-Founder of WaterBrick International, Ken Dunn, Founder of the Resource Center and Lecturer of the Humanities at the University of Chicago Graham School, Meredith Gaglio, LSU College of Art & Design, Tegan Moore from Synthetic Collective, Canada, Moderator: Lan Tuazon, Associate Professor of Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute

This event is in conjunction with Lan Tuazon’s exhibition currently up at the Art Center, Future Fossils: SUM, and is supported by the Illinois Humanities.


Join us for a Virtual Roundtable discussion with our 2020 and 2021 Ceramic Apprentices, Tran Tran and Lola Ogbara, in conversation with our Ceramics Head, Angela Dieffenbach and Assistant Ceramics Head, Joe Kraft. This talk is in conjunction with Tran Tran’s exhibition, Moments In Between.

The conversation will include an introduction to the artists work and practice as well as a discussion about the influence that the Hyde Park Art Center’s community of ceramicists has had on their practice.



Resident artist Aaron Hughes facilitated a discussion on art and direct democracy  with legendary Chicago artist and musician Damon Locks, and renowned international artist Michael Rakowitz. The conversation is a part of Hughes’ emerging Autonomous Democracy project. Prints from the Autonomous Democracy project were developed with support from Spudnik Press.

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Representatives from Chicago-based, culture-specific arts institutions discussed how such institutions are uniquely positioned to take on the role of culture keepers and enable communities of color to find power in their collective identities. Leading the roundtable conversation are Debra Yepa-Pappan, artist and Native Community Engagement Coordinator for the Native American Exhibition Hall at the Field Museum; Cesareo Moreno, Visual Arts Director and Chief Curator at National Museum of Mexican Art; and Carla Stillwell, Executive Director of the Stillwell Institute for Contemporary Black Art. The conversation was moderated by Pascale Ife Williams. This event is in conjunction with our Faheem Majeed exhibition, “Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden: Shrouds.”


With a particular focus on Chicago spaces, artist Faheem Majeed, Interim Director of Arts + Public life and author of Black Skyscraper, Adrienne Brown, author of Darkspace, Mario Gooden, and architect and artist, Amanda Williams, investigate how we can conceive of architectural forms that affirm Black life. This program is in conjunction with Faheem Majeed’s exhibition, “Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden.”