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.