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 October 3 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 us in our parking lot with Nightingale Cinema for a socially distanced screening event!

Nightingale Cinema presents Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, a screening of short works in the lot of the Hyde Park Art Center. This screening explores sweatiness, bodies both physical and digital, experiments in dance, comedy, and personal intro-spression through movement.

C.L.U.E. (color location ultimate experience), Part 1, A.L. Steiner & robbinschilds, 10:47, 2007, courtesy of Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Valid & Literal Magic, Ebony DeGrace, 6:00, 2020

How To Move Over and Under, Shir Ende, 5:30, 2018

Stay With the Body, Kayla Anderson, 16:00, 2019

Gravidity Part 1, Sally Lawton, 10:44, 2020

Possibly in Michigan, Cecelia Condit, 11:46, 1983, courtesy of Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

TRT: 70 minutes

Curated by Emily Eddy


Join Gilda’s Boutique and the Hyde Park Art Center for Hyde Park Flea outdoors in our parking lot and plaza! This month we are joining forces with Gilda to host our Annual School Fire Sale! Come shop for ceramics and items from our Hyde Park Art Center students!

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

Please reach out to for vending inquiries.



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.”