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 Saturday on December 10th 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. 

Participants will use paper as an empty canvas to make vibrant and unique pattern compositions in response to the Joseriberto Perez Exhibition, BoboDeco.

Support our Oakman Clinton school and studio community and the Hyde Park Art Center through our annual School + Studio fundraiser and sale! Check out handmade items like ceramics, prints, jewelry, wearables, and more made by our students in house!

Join guest curator, Ruslana Lichtzier and exhibition artists for a guided tour of the exhibition to learn more about the curatorial process, the inspiration behind the works on view, and the history of the Jewish collection of objects that the exhibition is derived from.



Join us for a book release for The Mandorla Letters, the first book released by award winning flautist and composer, Nicole Mitchell Gantt, through the Green Lantern Press. Mitchell will be in conversation with critically acclaimed author, filmmaker , dancer and independent scholar. Ytasha L. Womack.

The Mandorla Letters is part memoir, part manifesto, part Black speculative novella.  The Mandorla Letters: for the hopeful blurs boundaries between this world and an imagined future whose overlapping wisdoms make cooperation with our natural environment a central concern for collective thriving.

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Visitors and friends are invited to join a conversation with Residency artists Noelle Garcia and Joseph Lefthand moderated by Mariela Acuna, our Exhibitions and Residency Manager. The conversation will reflect themes of race, identity, relationship building, and trust between artists (particularly Native artists) and institutions. The conversation will highlight how these themes are reflected upon through the artists’ practices of expressing gratitude, both through their work and in relationship to themselves, and others.

To Ponder is an Artist to Artist Conversation series featuring exhibition artists and our Jackman Goldwasser Creative Wing resident artists. To Ponder, named after our program space, colloquially called “the pond,” is also a space for artists to think through something they are currently in practice with or bring a question or theme to the table “to ponder.”


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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.