Upcoming Events


During the month of June, selected participants will be embarking on a collaborative journey with the goal of enhancing their own practice and the practices of others. The Yards Collaborative Residency program is upon us, beginning on June 5th and coming to a close with a “First Friday” showcase on July 12th (Rescheduled due to the Holiday). This month, we are proud to host six talented artists in their collaborative exploration.

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To learn more about our resident artists please visit their websites below!

Karrah Teague
Website: http://www.karrahteague.com

Terri Zebrak
Website: http://www.terrizebrakdesigns.com

Taylor Mica Kennedy
Website: http://www.taylormkennedy.com

Megan May
Website: http://meganjoymay.com

Emily Harper
Website: http://emmalaur.com

Adair Finucane


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Please join us on July 13th from 7-9pm for another installment of Flour City Readings!

Flour City Readings at The Yards is a curated series offering audiences the chance to hear top writers from Rochester and beyond. This bi-monthly series, hosted by Yards members Jennifer Kircher Carr and Geoff Graser, features a blend of literary genres and diverse voices. The setting in the gallery at The Yards Art Collective in the Rochester Public Market provides a unique backdrop in a creative space.

We suggest $3 donations to support Flour City Readings and The Yards, though all donations above and beyond are gratefully accepted.

Rachel Hall
Rachel is the author of Heirlooms (BkMk Press), a collection of linked stories selected by Marge Piercy for the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize. She's a Professor of English at SUNY Geneseo.

Stephen West
Stephen has published essays in Brevity, Fugue, PANK, and Zone 3, and was a featured artist by Ninth Letter for his artist’s book, DIY View-Master: Intimate Space. He teaches creative writing at St. John Fisher College.

Aceyon Owens
Aceyon is a slam poet who’s served as co-executive director of Roc Bottom Slam Team. Also an accomplished actor and director, he received a Kennedy Award for his role as the voice of Troy Maxson in the RIT/NTID production of “Fences.”

Katherine Lazarus
Katherine is a poet and artist from Middlebury, Vermont. She holds an MFA in poetry from Bennington College in Vermont.


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Join us on July 18th for a special presentation by Jim Mott! Doors will open at 6:15pm and there will be a half hour after the presentation for follow up discussion. We encourage guests to ask questions and engage with others throughout the event. This event is a sliding scale of $5-$10, no reservation required.

“Couple with Garden Gnome” by Jim Mott from the Rochester Landscape Lottery

“Couple with Garden Gnome” by Jim Mott from the Rochester Landscape Lottery

From his critically acclaimed Itinerant Artist Project, begun in 2000, to last year’s Landscape Lottery, Rochester-based painter Jim Mott has been finding innovative ways to make landscape painting responsive to everyday life – and to show its relevance as a tool for building meaningful connections with people and places. With images and stories from nearly two decades of socially-engaged art projects, Mott reflects on the journey and on painting as an integrative force in an age of disconnection.

“Jim is redefining painting as a civil discourse that is intentionally situated in a community setting and mediated through his act of painting place. His skill as a plein air painter affords him a direct and unencumbered relationship with the public, creating a space where meaningful dialogue about place and belonging can occur.”- Paul Bartow  (co-collaborator Bartow + Metzger)


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Join The Yards and The Red Fern on July 20th at the Rochester Pride Parade! We will be along the parade route with The Red Fern making posters to show your pride from 11am-2pm. Feel free to bring some of your own materials or we will have plenty of glitter and rainbows to share! Find us at 283 Oxford St.