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 December 5 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. 

Join Creative Wing Artist, Candace Hunter and an ensemble of performers who will bring her popular art series, “Brown Limbed Girls,” to life live at the Hyde Park Art Center.

Please join us for an event by resident artist Devin T. Mays who will present a listening session as ritual inspired by the music and artistic practice of Turiyasangitananda, the Sanskrit name of jazz musician Alice Coltrane.

Join former Resident Artist, Desi Mundo, for a screening of his film “Alice Street,” followed by a talkback discussion about gentrification and displacement. “Alice Street,” tells the story of two artists and they form an unlikely partnership to paint their most ambitious mural to date in Oakland’s downtown, ground zero for gentrification.



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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.


Check out our 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.


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.”