The mission of The Art Effect at the Trolley Barn is to train youth as leaders who catalyze the community through the arts and re-energize downtown Poughkeepsie. The iconic Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn will be re-activated with youth in the drivers seat of this incredible space, empowering them to engage community members and visitors in transformative arts experiences that they curate.
The Art Effect at The Trolley Barn
489 Main St. Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
845-471-7477 • TrolleyBarn@thearteffect.org
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Re-activating the iconic Trolley Barn through an innovative approach to youth empowerment through the arts, The Art Effect is putting youth in the driver’s seat of this incredible space, empowering them to engage community members and visitors in transformative arts experiences that they curate. Establishing connections with curators and arts professionals, such as Joanna Frang, Executive Director at The Barrett Art Center, The Art Effect at the Trolley Barn brings impressive exhibitions of high-caliber artwork to Poughkeepsie.
The Art Effect presents youth-led exhibitions that complement other exhibitions featuring art created by youth. This unique mix will become a permanent piece of The Art Effect’s portfolio of programs designed to strengthen. our community and showcase the positive impacts of arts and arts education. In addition, new workforce programming brings together youth and established art professionals to present impactful exhibitions to engage our neighborhood and acquaint youth with curatorial and exhibitions practices.
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The Trolley Barn Gallery hosts many youth-led events and exhibitions throughout the year. Click here for current and upcoming exhibitions and visit the calendar for upcoming youth-led exhibitions and performances at the Trolley Barn Gallery, designed to strengthen our community and showcase the positive impacts of arts and arts education.
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Current and Upcoming Exhibitions
The Youth Arts Empowerment Zone (YAEZ) is a long-term initiative to establish a youth-led arts district in and around the Trolley Barn in Poughkeepsie, NY with The Art Effect as the anchor arts institution. The PKX Youth Committee, a group of motivated youth from our community, will establish the YAEZ as an arts district by creating annual festivals—called “PKX festivals”—that include public art installations, performances, and community activities in and around the Trolley Barn. Learn More.
The annual PKX Festivals serve as the building blocks for the development of a Youth Arts Empowerment Zone in the City of Poughkeepsie.
Learn more about the Festival and get involved!