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 Day on April 22, 2023 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. 


MLK DAY 2023 (Instagram Square)

In collaboration with South Side spaces, Arts + Public Life, Court Theater, Intonation, Lumpen Radio, and more, join us and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and honor the legacy of historical Black leaders, spaces, and stories from the South Side of Chicago!

Come tell a South Side story in our podcast recording booth with our teens, hear music by the first Black woman composer, Florence Price, performed by members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, attend artist talks, make art and learn more about the South Side’s rich cultural institutions and organizations!


Join Regarding the Missing Objects exhibition artists Julia Klein, William J. O’Brien, and Jaclyn Mednicov, to discuss the role that identity plays within their creative practices.

The artists will discuss the complexities of the Jewish identity, including the context of belonging to a larger group of people within an individualistic society, the performance, burden, and relational aspects tied to identity, and what that means through the lens of art. This program will be moderated by Guest Curator, Ruslana Lichtzier.


be the change

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.

Center Programs Programming SQUARES (1)

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.