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 Virtual Center Sunday on April 4th 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. 



Join educators from the Smart Museum of Art and create your own “fundred” for the Fundred Drawing Project in an outdoor art making activity in our parking lot! The Fundreds Project engages youth in civic action around lead contamination and is a creative currency to demonstrate how much we value the lives of children and a future free of lead poisoning. Making a Fundred is a chance to express yourself, while together the Fundreds demonstrate the value we collectively place on healthier communities, lead-safe homes, and the imagination of all children.


Join us in our parking lot for a screening of the latest episode from the South Side Home Movie Project’s Spinning Home Movies! The South Side Home Movie Project (SSHMP) collects, preserves, digitizes, researches and screens home movies made by residents of Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods. Spinning Home Movies invites local artists and DJs to curate a collection from the archive set to music for a special episode. Curator Ciera McKissick and DJ Skoli are featured in Episode 14 and take viewers on a road trip cross country as a way to highlight the complexities of  black transit and travel.


artists at the center

Join the Hyde Park Art Center and South Side Community Art Center for a joint program in conjunction with both of our respective Faheem Majeed exhibitions: A roundtable discussion current living artists from different generations who have shown both at the Hyde Park Art Center and South Side Community Art Center during the 20th and 21st centuries.


Join us for a screening of shorts from our Ground Floor artists, Kayla Anderson, Atefeh Farajollahzade, and Forrest Simmons, followed by a Q&A with the artists about their work.


Our Ground Floor exhibition celebrates five innovative MFA programs. In conjunction with the exhibition, this three part symposium will explore the many paths available to emerging artists to push their practice in Chicago as well as context and histories that make Chicago a great city for artists to live and work — Chicago As School, Chicago As Teacher, and Chicago As Research, watch all three parts at the button below.