The Hyde Park Art Center on Chicago's south side has received a $750 gift from Julie and John Guida as part of its 75th Anniversary Campaign that will create a new space within the center to house expanded artistic and educational resources. 

The Hyde Park Art Center has announced a $750,000 gift from Julie and John Guida to the Art Center’s 75th Anniversary Campaign. The gift will create The Guida Family Creative Wing, a new space within the Art Center that will house expanded artistic and educational resources, including collaborative artist studios, a flexible learning environment for youth and adult education programs, the Thurow Digital Lab, and The Jackman Goldwasser Residency. The goal of the reimagined space is to enhance the Art Center’s programming by creating a space that facilitates new ideas and nurtures artistic growth by fostering meaningful interactions between diverse artists and the public. Detailed plans will continue to take shape this year, with construction beginning in early 2015.  

The Guida family’s gift represents a confident investment in the Art Center’s work of ensuring that Chicago art and artists are leaders in the local, national and international dialogue around contemporary art, and that Chicago’s artists are as diverse as the Chicago community that supports them. The announcement of the $750,000 gift represents the official kick-off of the public phase of the Art Center’s 75th Anniversary Campaign, a larger fundraising effort with a $6 Million dollar goal that will support the organization in restructuring its facility and expanding its reach through new flagship programs.  

Because of the campaign’s success, over the past three years the Art Center has successfully piloted innovative new programs aimed at filling critical gaps in Chicago’s support for artists, including The Jackman Goldwasser Residency, The Center Program and Pathways, which have already made a marked impact in offering new ways to advance Chicago’s artists and provide equitable and long-term access to arts education. Reaching the 75th Anniversary Campaign’s $6M goal will allow the organization to take the next step, scaling and institutionalizing these programs while giving them a new home in the Guida Family Creative Wing.  

Co-founder of Marketing Werks, an experiential marketing firm with offices in Chicago, New York and L.A., Julie Guida is a self-proclaimed “entrepreneur at heart” who wanted to participate in a cultural institution where she felt she could make a difference. After being introduced to the Hyde Park Art Center, she began volunteering her time and offering her marketing expertise. Today, she is Vice Chair of the Art Center’s Board of Directors.  

“Part of what drives our family to continue working with the Art Center is the way it offers everyone involved the ability to make a difference,” Julie explains.   “Hyde Park Art Center is a place that nurtures creativity in a truly unique way,” adds John. “We hope this gift will help the Art Center continue to innovate, grow and succeed in having a positive impact on the community and in artists’ lives.”  

“It is amazing to be celebrating the Hyde Park Art Center’s 75 years with an eye to the future, said Kate Lorenz, Arts Center executive director “We are so grateful to the Guida family—and to all our donors—who are so enthusiastically helping us fulfill our mission by ensuring that Chicago art and artists have the support they need to take risks and thrive for years to come.”   

To learn more about the 75th Anniversary Campaign and for an up-to-date schedule of conversations, performances and other programming happening at Hyde Park Art Center, visit   


Hyde Park Art Center Receives $750K Gift for New Guida Family Creative Wing