The Yards Collective, at the Public Market in Rochester, was founded in 2011 as a collaborative art space intended to be inclusive and supportive of local residents and their artwork.
As described by nominator Eliza Harvey, it’s just a fun spot: “A community of creatives that is open to sharing and receiving new ideas and collaborations every day—what’s not to like? Any person from any walk of life is welcome here to mingle with artists from the Rochester community. Art workshops, wellness classes, children’s programming: there’s something for everyone.”
The building that houses this creativity was built in the early 1900s and used to be a warehouse. It now is home to a gallery space and over a dozen artists’ studios. The collective usually has around 20 studios renters at a time, working in a wide variety of mediums.
Sarah C. Rutherford and Lea Rizzo were the founders of the collective. The collective’s current owner and director, Kristina Kaiser, calls the Public Market location funky, warm and perfect for the local art community’s needs.
Beyond weekly showings Saturdays during market hours, the gallery is also open during the city’s First Friday events or by appointment. Local artists are given a chance to mingle with the community, along with the chance to show off their work and network among appreciators of the arts.
It’s all part of a goal to have art be more accessible and visible in Rochester. And fun, as Kaiser insists.
Name of the Place
The Yards Collective
50-52 Rochester Public Market, Rochester, NY 14609