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 dedicated director with the support of passionate volunteers whose vision is to support a community of makers that share a high quality of craft. The Yards hosts over a dozen permanent studio spaces along side a communal work space, gallery area, and wood-shop that are all available for rental. As an art's incubator we hope to engage emerging and professional artists through exhibition, residency, public critiques and specialized classes.

Regular programming includes first Friday exhibitions, 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 members engaged in developing connections within Rochester and beyond.

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NEW STUDIO SPACES COMING AUGUST 1st... More details to be announced!

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

Other viewings available upon appointment.

Support the mission!

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 experience at The Yards, show us your support so we can keep creating beautiful moments 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. 


Want real world experience in the arts and the opportunity to connect with other makers?

Consider applying to our internship program!