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 August 1 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 outdoor socially distanced event. Masks Required. 





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.”