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Workshops are a highly valuable tool for our collaborative space here at The Yards, and a great avenue for community engagement. Low cost workshops and classes provide accessibility to our community and allow more people to participate in making, sharing, talking about, and even buying, art. Affordable workshops are an easy investment in your career, your personal life and your community. After all, sharing resources lifts all ships. Discover and collaborate with people of shared interests!


Part One- Creating a Digital Presence as an Artist

September 16th 7-8:30pm

Join Molly Elizabeth, artist and creative mentor behind The Darling Rage, as she introduces the core concepts and practical strategies behind creating a digital presence as an artist. If you’re an artist who is struggling with how to navigate the world of social media/creating an online presence, or simply want to soak up some more strategies, this class is for you! Topics covered: - Using your voice strategically in a noisy online space - Creating a digital portfolio using Instagram - Building meaningful connections with humans who care about you and what you’re doing online and off. The class will be 90 minutes long, including teaching as well as real life application, so make sure you have your smart phone and a tablet or laptop handy!"

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Part Two- Creating a Digital Presence as an Artist  Workshop and Live Photo Demo

September 23rd, 7-8:30pm 

Are you an artist using Instagram to promote your work and build connections?

Do you know the basics of the platform but feel a little lost when it comes to engaging with your audience and presenting your work in a clear and consistent way?

This will be an amazing opportunity to take your Instagram game to the next level, and gain valuable feedback specific to you and your artistic voice. Join us!


Join Molly Elizabeth of The Darling Rage in a completely hands on Instagram workshop!! Creating a Digital Presence as an Artist Part Two! in which you will:

  • Have an opportunity to work on your Instagram profile alongside other artists

  • Get one on one specific feedback and strategies for growing your following and making your voice more clear and consistent on Instagram

  • Learn about using scheduling apps and other tools for streamlining your efforts on social media

  • Get a live demonstration on taking beautiful product photos of your work

Reoccurring Programming

Photos by  Lisa Rickman

Photos by Lisa Rickman

Gentle Yoga

This season we are approaching our Yoga offerings a bit differently. We will have one specialized class a month falling on a Solstice, Equinox, or Full Moon. Our next class will be held on the Equinox! We hope you can join us on the mat September 23rd from 6:30-8:30pm. Tickets available online for $10.⁠


Figure Drawing Nights

(Third Wednesday of the Month)

Please join us for an evening of drawing! Yards studio member Rachel DeVona, will be hosting a figure drawing session from 7PM - 9 PM. First time drawing from life? Have no fear! This event is open to artists of all experience levels and is a great opportunity to practice and grow your observational drawing skills and learn from your peers. Please RSVP below, the cost is $7 to attend (Cash or Card accepted at the door). Due to the nature of this class the recommended age is 18 and over!

Important- This event is not structured as a class.


This hour and a half session will provide a variety of timed poses from our model, from quick gestural "looseners" to a longer 40 minute sit, to be followed by an optional friendly peer critique. Please bring your own drawing materials and paper! Charcoal, rags and 18"x24" drawing paper or newsprint pads recommended. Some additional supplies will be provided along with tea. We look forward to seeing you!

RSVP for figure drawing below!

Name *

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Flour City Readings

A Bi-Monthly Program

Flour City Readings is a curated series. Readers for each event are selected based on specific pieces. If you'd like to read in our bimonthly series, we ask that you submit the piece(s) you plan to read. Your work should take 15 minutes to read. Please submit a PDF or Word Doc here based on the guidelines below.

Poets - Submit 7-10 poems

Prose writers - Submit 6-7 pages (double-spaced)


Please direct any inquiries concerning 540 at The Yards to

An exciting partnership!

Since February, The Yards began its 540 at The Yards collaboration with 540WMain Communiversity. 540 WMain is a grassroots, non-profit community school and event space with a mission to connect Rochesterians through classes and programs rooted in historic preservation, sustainability, workforce development, and anti-racism. The Yards is the first satellite location for 540’s low-cost, single-session classes based in the arts and wellness.

Classes range from Hip Hop Cardio and All Abilities Yoga to Intro to Watercolor Painting and DIY Kombucha Making. Classes will be the fourth Sunday of the month from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.