The Clothesline Project – Exhibition

Grace Smith House has been serving our community, for forty-two years.
In 1981, Grace Smith House opened its first door. Now, for over four decades, courageous, compassionate and empowered women and men have stepped across the threshold and received the support they needed to stop the cycle of domestic violence in their lives.

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Believe in Art

Meet Allan Muñoz at Gallery 40 on September 27 at 6pm. Allan was born in 1995 and he is a well known artist for his public murals. Allan started teaching art in 2006 at the Xuchialt School in Leon, Nicaragua. He currently teaches art at the El Centro de Arte Fundación Ortiz Gurdián, the best contemporary art center in Central America where he works among paintings by artists such as the renowned Nicaraguan painter Armando Morales, as well as works by artists such as Rubens, Miró, Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Fernando Botero and Roberto Matta.

Allan will talk about his involvement in large mural projects, as well as his ‘Believe in Art’ project that focuses on promoting art and culture in Leon, Nicaragua by offering drawing, painting and music classes for all ages.

The project is sponsored by Project Gettysburg Leon organization and Artists for Soup, Inc.

“quiet as it’s kept” at the Trolley Barn Gallery Exhibition of Black Contemporary Art in Downtown Poughkeepsie

QUIET AS IT’S KEPT is an exhibition of contemporary Black art that explores the depths of Black expression, translating its complex aesthetic dialect and demonstrating that Black art is as unique as Black people. We are healing by recognizing ourselves as art, as worthy of art, and as part of an indelible system of artistic excellence. This is an opportunity to illuminate voices that established art systems have previously ignored. Black people have always had a place in the art world, but the magic of our practice has been as quiet as they’ve kept it. For this exhibition, we are QUIET NO MORE.

Exhibition Dates: October 6–November 10
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 6–8pm

For a full list of related events, click here.

As part of The Art Effect’s youth workforce development programs in creative fields, the Trolley Barn Gallery uses an innovative mentorship model to train youth to curate the gallery’s exhibitions and develop new initiatives for community engagement and placekeeping. “An exhibition like this is so important to Poughkeepsie because fostering that community relationship, and the familiarity of it, allows for peace and comfort within a group of people beyond familial lines”, says Mary Boatey, youth curator and exhibiting artist.

Support for this exhibition is provided by Humanities NY and Dutchess Tourism through a grant administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. Additional support comes from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Poughkeepsie Open Studios

Poughkeepsie Open Studios presents a self-guided, all-inclusive art tour on Sept. 9 (2–6 p.m.) and 10 (12–3 p.m.). All are welcome to attend this free event!
Visit with local artist studios and see regional artists in art spaces. There will be free family art-making activities, artist demonstrations, live art & music, and interactive experiences!

Details and information will be updated on the Poughkeepsie Open Studios website ( and on Instagram (@POKopenstudios) leading up to the event.

After-party on Sept. 10 at Summer Sundays on Cannon Street!

MEET artists & other participants
VISIT arts spaces & art studios
SHARE stories about artistic journeys & ideas about creating
LEARN about artists’ processes, materials, & modalities
INTERACT with artists creating & various art forms

Leading with Artivism, guest Stephanie JT Russell (virtual)

Join us (virtually) as we talk with Stephanie JT Russell, a prolific poet, interdisciplinary artist, and cultural worker. Stephanie JT Russell’s most recent creative nonfiction book is One Flash of Lightning, a poetic treatment of the Samurai code (Andrews McMeel). Her work has been featured in books and journals such as The Xavier Review, The Winter Anthology, Sequestrum, Lightwood, ArLiJo, and at noted venues including The New Museum, The Griffin Museum of Photography, The Albright Knox, Bowery Poetry Club, and The Berkeley Museum. A visiting artist at New York University, The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, The Stone House, and other institutions, Russell received the Overall Winner Award 2022 from the Wirral Poetry Festival, UK. A Trustee at The Emile Brunel Studio & Sculpture Park, an historic nature sanctuary and art center in Boiceville, NY, Russell is founder of its AIR Brunel BIPOC Fellowship Residency ( Russell was appointed Dutchess County Poet Laureate 2023, for which she is curating an intercultural Laureate Event Series, Stream of Life, featuring poetry and art from multicultural communities throughout Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley region. RSVP HERE


Leading with Artivism – Poet Gold & Onaje Benjamin (virtual)

Join Poet Gold (virtually) as she talks with Onaje Benjamin, a community activist and consultant, with over thirty years of experience. He has expertise in community organizing, advocacy, criminal justice, training and staff development. Onaje facilitates workshops, lectures extensively, and has published articles on a variety of issues, specific to Human rights and social justice. RSVP here!