The Art Effect at the Trolley Barn Gallery is the first youth-led gallery in the Hudson Valley, NY. Our mission is to train youth as leaders who catalyze the community through the arts and re-energize downtown Poughkeepsie. The iconic Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn puts youth in the drivers seat of this incredible space, empowering them to engage community members and visitors in transformative arts experiences that they curate along side established professionals.

In addition to youth-curated, international juried exhibitions, The Trolley Barn Gallery is home to a unique blend of workforce programming that brings together youth and established art professionals to present impactful exhibitions and festivals to engage our neighborhood and acquaint youth with curatorial and exhibitions practices.

The Trolley Barn Gallery hosts many youth-led events and exhibitions throughout the year. Click here to see the current exhibitions and visit the calendar for more upcoming events.

Wonderland

Wonderland International Juried Exhibition

Wonderland reimagines the Trolley Barn 3,000 square foot gallery as an otherworldly empire of wonder, illusion and surprise.

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Oaxaca Week

Oaxaca Week: July 29 – August 5, 2022

Oaxaca Week in Poughkeepsie celebrates our city’s connection with traditions from the diverse Mexican region from July 29 – August 5. 

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Youth Curators

What We Are Up To

With support of the National Endowment for the Arts, Our Town program, The Art Effect at the Trolley Barn serves as an anchor arts institution in downtown Poughkeepsie, NY. The Youth Arts Empowerment Zone celebrates core tenets of creative entrepreneurship, youth leadership, and innovative public art in a series of two PKX Arts Festivals in 2022 and 2023. Click Here To Learn More

Join The Trolley Barn Gallery Youth Curatorial Team

Join The Trolley Barn Gallery Youth Curatorial Team

Apply to join our Youth Curatorial Team! Want to call the shots on the next big arts exhibition in Poughkeepsie? Ever wonder how galleries or museums choose what’s on the walls? What even IS a…

First In-Person Artist Talk at the Trolley Barn Gallery!

First In-Person Artist Talk at the Trolley Barn Gallery!

Join us for our first in-person Artist Talk! We invite the art lovers of Poughkeepsie to join us for the Trolley Barn’s very first in-person Artist Talk on Saturday, Oct. 1st, from 6 – 8pm.…

Volunteers Needed for PKX!

Volunteers Needed for PKX!

Sign up to volunteer at the PKX Wonderland Festival! The Art Effect is seeking volunteers of all ages to help with our youth-directed arts festival, PKX:Wonderland! The festival takes places Sept 15-17 and we have…

Food Trucks Wanted!

Food Trucks Wanted!

We would love to invite you to join us as a food or drink vendor. Registration for vendors at the PKX festival is free!September 17, 2022 Participating vendors will receive:  Prominent display of logo at…

Oaxaca Opening Reception

Oaxaca Opening Reception

Oaxaca y sus Cultural Hermanas del Mundo invites the community to an opening reception on July 29, 4-6pm for an evening of art, culture and food. Welcoming and opening remarks from Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, Executive Director…

Wonderland International Juried Exhibition

Wonderland International Juried Exhibition

Wonderland reimagines the Trolley Barn 3,000 square foot gallery as an otherworldly empire of wonder, illusion and surprise. We invite work that disrupts standard notions of reality through sensory excess (texture, color, light, sound) and/or…

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