PKX Festival


Coming: September 15-17, 2022

The annual PKX Festival, in and around the Trolley Barn Gallery serve as the building blocks for the development of a Youth Arts Empowerment Zone in the City of Poughkeepsie. The Youth Arts Empowerment Zone is a 10-year plan to establish a youth arts district along Main Street. It will focus on youth-driven placemaking in and around the Trolley Barn. In its early stages, The Art Effect will host youth-led arts festivals to engage the community with creative placemaking project support from the National Endowment for the Arts. There will be annual arts festivals around community-inspired artworks, created by local youth and professional artists, all of which will empower the local community.

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Boogie Rez guest artist

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 September 15-17, 2022.

“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

Call For Entry: Wonderland International Juried Exhibition
Juror: Allison M. Glenn in collaboration with youth from The Art Effect’s Curatorial Program
Exhibition Dates: Sept 15 – Oct 20, 2022
Deadline: May 27 2022

The Wonderland International Juried Exhibition is the point of entry to the PKX Wonderland Festival, 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 unexpected visual mischief. We ask, and wonder, how can your art help us reimagine our reality and create positive change in our community? 

PKX Youth Committee

The first of these festivals, known as the “PKX festivals”, will take place on September 15-17, 2022 with a “Wonderland” theme. As a part of the youth-driven placemaking through the YAEZ, a group of youth is taking part in the PKX Youth Committee to plan the community arts festival. Youth earn a stipend as the planners and developers of the PKX Festival. They are responsible for every aspect of choosing a featured artist, engaging with city officials for festival permits, and community organizing throughout the city. The PKX Youth Committee works closely with the city, local artists, stakeholders, and community partners as they plan the first PKX Festival. Youth in the PKX Youth Committee learn about community organizing, art, and nonprofit administration, civil service, and public speaking skills in community events and civic settings as they establish a youth arts district along Main Street in the city.

Sessions run in the Spring (January-May) and Fall (September – December). Applications for the PKX Youth Committee are accepted in November (for the Spring) and August (for the Fall)

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


Destiny Kearney  is a New York-based artist who graduated from Bowdoin College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies, Art History, and Visual Arts. After entering her first technical art classes during her sophomore year of college, she encountered a teaching style that excluded Black people. The gap in her artistic training led her to pursue the study of race in arts education. During Kearney’s time within Bowdoin’s Visual Arts program, she continued to learn from and rebel against that pedagogy. Taking the skills she acquired through self-teaching she continues to focus on depictions of Blackness in art. Over the past year, Kearney has used painting, photography, and collage to explore her Black and Indigenous identity, with a focus on land, lineage, and language. Her works address the hypervisibility, visibility, and invisibility of her racial and cultural identities. Bowdoin College Awarded her with The Richard P. Martel Jr. Memorial Prize in Visual Arts which is awarded to the students who, in the judgment of the Visual Arts Faculty at Bowdoin are deemed to have produced the most creative, perceptive, proficient, and visually appealing art works exhibited at the college during this academic year. 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.

The PKX Festival is funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed here do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.