About the space...

The Yards Collective was created in 2011 as a collaborative art space founded by strong female identifying makers looking to offer a supportive artistic and inclusive space. With this central principle in mind, The Yards Collective now operates under a board of dedicated artists whose collective vision is to support a community of renters that share a high quality of craft, an inclusive outreach interest and a empathetic positive energy. Inclusivity of art based humans is a central component to our mission, we hope to engage emerging artists through exhibition, residency, public critiques and specialized classes. Regular programming includes first Friday exhibitions, bi-annual events, residency programs and craft sales; bringing many groups of aesthetic appreciators and makers together in one dynamic space. Our goal is provide the community with usable, affordable and accessible art space with a supportive network of makers engaged in developing connections within Rochester and beyond.

Come visit us during our Open Hours - 10am-2pm, Every Saturday!


Our Mission...

Our mission is to fill a void in the Rochester art community by providing performance, exhibition and studio space that is accessible to emerging and non-commercial artists. We foster an environment of mutual support and productivity with and for our studio artists. Our programing, including bi-annual residency opportunities, provide unique developmental experiences for Rochester artists. We will be adopting the revised title The YARDS Collective, with hopes that our space is more clearly defined as a community of artists working together. 

Support the space!

Studio and event space rentals keep our rent paid and keep the light on month to month, but there are so many little improvements we could make to better serve the artists we are here to support. Track lighting, fresh drywall, spackle, paint and so many more consumables go into creating an inspiring environment and a blank slate for each new artist to reinvent. The magic people experience when they come to The Yards is the result of endless hard work behind the scenes from a dedicated director and countless volunteers who believe in our mission. If you have had a magical night at The Yards, show us your support so we can keep creating beautiful experiences for Rochesterians for years to come! Please visit our online shop to order Yards merchandise, make a donation, or purchase an item from one of our featured artists. 


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