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Mayor Proclaims PKX Day! Poughkeepsie Youth Take Over The City With PKX Arts Festival

PKX Paint the pavement

The exciting beginnings of the new Youth Arts Empowerment Zone spearheaded by The Art Effect can be seen on the streets of Middle Main Poughkeepsie this month thanks in part to the paint the pavement artists from the PKX Festival that took place on September 15-17, 2022. PKX festival featured a gorgeous sidewalk painting designed by students, Jadeen Sampson and Keli Faircloth, and created by local artist Nestor Madalengoitia and students from The Art Effect, a gallery exhibition, teen dance party, musical performances, food vendors, entertainment, and a wide variety of art-making activities from community partners including Hudson River HousingPoughkeepsie Public Library DistrictThinkubator NutritionArts Mid-HudsonCelebrating the African SpiritFallKill Creative WorksThe YOU (Youth Opportunity Union)Poughkeepsie High SchoolBoys and Girls Club of Newburgh/PPAAMarist Liberty Partnership ProgramPK Open StudiosPoughkeepsie Farm ProjectHUDSYNuvance HealthThe Dutchess County Chamber of CommerceSNUGThe Frances Lehman Loeb Art CenterPlanned ParenthoodMASS Design Group, and Vassar College.

The festival that brought in more than 700 people over the course of three days was a “Huge Success” says Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, Executive Director of The Art Effect who also runs the Trolley Barn Gallery in Poughkeepsie, NY. “We are so proud of what the students in our community have helped create. Not only are their futures looking bright, but we got a glimpse into how bright the future of public art throughout Poughkeepsie is and what it can mean for this community,” says Nicole.

The PKX Festival serves as a building block to the development of Youth Arts Empowerment Zone, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant, establishing a youth-led arts district in and around the Trolley Barn Gallery, the only youth-led gallery in the state! “The Youth Arts Empowerment Zone is an integral part of our community. The festival is another great example of how the arts in Poughkeepsie are providing an avenue for people to come together and be proud of where they live,” says Poughkeepsie Mayor, Rob Rolison. The mayor declared September 17, 2022 as PKX Day in the City of Poughkeepsie which will reoccur for each year’s festival.

Over the last eighteen months, PKX Festival Youth Committee consisting of Poughkeepsie High School students and alumni worked alongside artist duo BoogieREZ and Curator Alison M. Glenn to create and curate various art experiences throughout the festival including a public art installation and an artfully curated exhibition. The PKX Committee is one of The Art Effect’s newest youth training programs at the Trolley Barn Gallery where students learn and practice public speaking skills, conduct presentations to government officials and learn about place making – a people-centered approach to planning, designing and managing public spaces.

“Being a part of the Youth Curatorial Team has made me a more dynamic thinker. I feel so much more confident in my idea processing. Also, seeing the [Wonderland] exhibition come together makes me proud of myself and my colleagues, because we put so much effort and heart into this festival and I’m so excited for the community to experience it.”  says Jadeen Sampson, Curatorial Team and PKX Festival Youth Member

The Art Effect is interviewing and hiring the next group of PKX Committee youth to help plan the 2023 PKX Festival, “Droppin’ Jewels” next fall and promises to be even bigger and better with more than 1,000 people in attendance. “Seeing the exhibition come together makes me proud of myself and my colleagues because we put so much effort and heart into this festival,” comments Jadeen,. “The main goal is to do it again, we want it to be a success.” he said.

To get involved with The Art Effect in the development of the Youth Arts Empowerment Zone, or the PKX Festival, reach out to PKXFestival@TheArtEffect.org or to see a gallery of photos from this year’s festival and stay up to date on the plans for next year, visit PKXFestival.org

Who’s Behind the PKX Logo Taking Over Poughkeepsie?

What started out as a class project during one of The Art Effect’s youth workforce programs, MADLab (Media, Art, Design Lab), has become a staple image throughout downtown Poughkeepsie over the last couple months. As one of The Art Effect’s youngest workforce students, Latiana Belton is the talented artist behind the now ‘famous’ PKX Festival Logo!

The PKX Festival will take place on September 15-17, 2022 in downtown Poughkeepsie activating locations along Main Street and North Cherry Street as the new Youth Arts Empowerment Zone (YAEZ).

“It feels exciting to see the logo that I created everywhere, says Latiana. The logo is not only a part of a cool new arts festival but is also featured in a public art sculpture we worked on this summer with Artist Duo, BoogieREZ that will be unveiled at the Festival on Saturday, September 17.”

PKX Festival serves as  a building block to the development of Youth Arts Empowerment Zone, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant, establishing a youth-led arts district in and around the Trolley Barn Gallery, the only youth-led gallery in the state! This year’s festival themed, Wonderland, features community-wide art, performances, and workshops. Throughout the year, PKX Festival Youth Committee Members worked alongside artist duo BoogieREZ and Curator Alison M. Glenn to create and curate various art experiences throughout the festival including a public art installation and an artfully curated exhibition. 

“Community art-making is at the heart of the PKX Festival.” Says Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, Executive Director at The Art Effect who also runs the Trolley Barn Gallery in Poughkeepsie, NY. “From painting the pavement to workshops, music, face painting, juried exhibition, and partner booths — there is something for everyone at PKX this weekend.”

Latiana’s PKX logo will be on display throughout the festival and can be found stenciled along Main Street’s sidewalks, on tee shirts for sale, and it will even be featured in the interactive public art installation that we invite the public to come add their mark to!

For the full schedule and more information about the festival lineup, visit PKXFestival.org

PKX Team Highlights

Meet Harrison Brisbon-McKinnon 

Harrison

“Being a member of PKX has provided me an opportunity to give the power of photography to the City of Poughkeepsie.” -Harrison 

Harrison is a senior at Poughkeepsie High School. Post-graduation, he aspires to be a professor of sociology. He loves photography because it allows him to capture the beauty in our world that most of us overlook. Photography calls him the power of shifting one’s perception. Over the past four months, He has dedicated his time to neighbors to figure out what they need. Harrison has learned advocating for one’s community is the first step in changing its image.

Meet Destiny Kearney 

“I love being able to participate in laying the stepping stones of the development of a youth arts empowerment zone in the City of Poughkeepsie. The PKX Festival will truly highlight the wonders that exist in the city, and I’m excited to see the community come together to make it happen” – Destiny 

Destiny Kearney is a New York-based artist who recently graduated from Bowdoin College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies, Art History, and Visual Arts.Embarking on her post-grad journey, Kearney joins the Art Effect team as the Trolley Barn Fellow. She will be with us for the next two years as a member of the first cohort of Lead for Poughkeepsie Fellows, a branch of the Lead for America program.

PKX Festival Community Partners

PKX Youth Committee works with community partners across the county including; 

  • MASSDesign
  • Barrett Art Center
  • Hudson River Housing
  • FallKill Creative Works
  • Dutchess Tourism 
  • The YOU (Youth Opportunity Union)
  • The City of Poughkeepsie
  • Arts Mid-Hudson
  • WomensWork.Art
  • Poughkeepsie Public Library District 

Our list is continuing to grow as we get closer to the first PKX Festival in September 2022

Are you interested in being involved in the upcoming PKX Festival to be held in September 2022 at the Trolley Barn?

Please fill out this form to be considered.

PKX Festival Featured Artist

Boogie Rez

The PKX Youth committee worked closely with a curatorial advisory committee, made up of Hudson Valley curators and art professionals to create a list of potential featured artists to consider based on the theme, and the scope of their practice in conjunction with the mission of the festival. After youth researched and sorted through applicants, they decided that BoogieRez would be the perfect choice for the first PKX Festival in September 2022. Stay tuned for more info coming soon on how you can work with BoogieRez and the PKX Committee this spring!

“Our mission is to share our love of creativity and ill visuals with the WORLD. To Inspire, to Impact and Empower one another while having hella FUN time together through our growth, challenges, and experiences.” –  BoogieRez 


PK in the Know: Community Outreach

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