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 Sunday on February 6 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 requires proof of vaccination to attend. Masks Required.


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Hyde Park Art Center in collaboration with South Side Community Art Center and Arts + Public Life, presents a free virtual screening of Unapologetic by Chicago filmmaker Ashley O”Shay, a film told through the lens of Janaé Bonsu and Bella Bahhs, two fierce abolitionist leaders, that gives a deep look into the Movement for Black Lives, from the police murder of Rekia Boyd to the election of mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Opening the program will also be an excerpt from Hyde Park Art Center’s Center Program Artist, Cathleen Campbell’s documentary, MLK in Chicago, shorts from The Black Archive Project: Chicago Uprisings 2020 by local independent filmmaker and documentarian, Resita Cox, and a poetry reading from Leslé Honore, an AfroLatina poet, artivist, and author of Fist & Fire, a collection of powerful, unflinching poems that confront issues of social justice through the lens of real human lives and voices.

The poetry and films will be followed by a discussion with filmmakers Ashley O’Shay, Resita Cox, Cathleen Campbell, and activists, Bella Bahhs and Janaé Bonsu.

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Join us for the first Center Days of 2022 as we celebrate our Dream exhibition with art making activities, artist workshops, artist talks, open studios, and more! We will host a tour of the exhibition and activations led by exhibiting artists Percy Lam, JeeYeun Lee, and Sarabeth Dunton. This event requires proof of  vaccination to attend. Masks Required.


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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.”