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 April 23 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.
Our spring Center Day celebrates the launch of our new Open Arts program — our new contribute-what-you-can education model! We will also be hosting the opening of our new exhibitions, Loving Repeating, Wheel of Life, and Sequences, Iterations, and Permutations.
Join us for our spring Center Days: Open Arts, featuring a packed day of activities including, exhibition openings, open school studios with class demonstrations from teaching artists, art making activities inspired by our exhibitions, printed art swag takeaways, studio visits with our Creative Wing Resident Artists, Earth Day activities from the Gardeneers, a food truck, and more!
Join guest curator, Scott Wolinak, for an in-person tour of the Wheel of Life exhibition followed by a discussion with exhibition artists, Leslie Baum and Georgina Valverde, on their artistic practice, and translating and creating work to be used as a moving image for a zoetrope. Wolniak will discuss curating the exhibition, and working with artists to explore new media in the context of the exhibition.
PAST VIRTUAL EVENTS
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 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.