The Yards Collective celebrating 8th birthday with 24-hour fundraiser

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Yards Collective is celebrating its eighth birthday this weekend in Rochester with a 24-hour event, featuring silent auctions, live music, a dance party, and more.

Nestled in the bustling alley of the Rochester Public Market, the Yards is a group-oriented art studio, with multiple resident artists, dedicated space for exhibits and a shop with locally-made goods.

The 24-hour birthday benefit will start at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 18. A silent auction, featuring pieces of art, jewelry, gift baskets, gift cards, and other items from Rochester businesses, will be held Friday from 6 p.m to 12 a.m. and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“I met numerous strong women making space for themselves and others, this demonstration of support and community are what tied me to the space,” said Yards executive director Kristina Kaiser. “I finally felt I found somewhere belonged, where I could grow, and be with my people.”

The Friday night event will include performances by local musicians, a dance party, a Saturday brunch with coffee provided by Jaca’s Cafe, and collaborative activities during normal Public Market hours; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“As we celebrate our eight anniversary at The Yards our goal is to raise $8,000,” Kaiser said. “We hope to create more scholarships to our Residency Program and to continue development of a Teen Ambassador program.”

Proceeds from this 24-hour fundraising event will go toward a variety of improvements to the space.

  • Developing resources for programming such as improved technology for class facilitators.
  • Creating additional areas to install artworks with a picture rail system and moveable walls.
  • Scholarships for emerging artists to exhibit and expansion of the residency program.

“In the last year we have had over 20 exhibitions!” Kaiser said. “This would not be possible without your continued support, and we are grateful for our engaged community.”

The Yards also announced that the studio is working toward non-profit status within the next two years.

The silent auctions on Friday and Saturday are free to attend. Music and the brunch are ticketed events — a sliding scale of $10 to $20 for the tunes and $10 for the breakfast.

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