PUGG is about engaging young artists in the community. We transform empty spaces into opportunities for exhibition and arts education. We believe that a strong arts education significantly enhances the character, quality of life, and economy of our neighborhood.
P.U.G.G (Pop-up Gallery Group), is an after school arts based work/study program in midtown Kingston. P.U.G.G. was originally funded through a partnership with the City of Kingston and the Kingston City School District. P.U.G.G. transforms empty storefronts into gallery spaces, providing Kingston High School artist alumni opportunities to exhibit their work locally. Through participation in this program students gain awareness of available jobs and acquire job training for employment in the arts industry. They learn management, curatorial, marketing, entrepreneurial, human resources and community building skills through hands on experiences.
This program models a spiraling intergenerational framework where expertise, interaction and experience generates ongoing community learning.
"We believe that a strong art education significantly enhances the character, quality of life, and economy of the neighborhood."
P.U.G.G. has been active since 2015, exhibiting the work of local Kingston High School alumni, as well as offering exhibition opportunities to local high school groups. P.U.G.G. worked with Arts Mid Hudson on ArtWalk, exhibiting emerging artists from the area and have begun to expand their work experience to include assisting teaching artists through art education programs offered by the D.R.A.W.
PUGG believes in the power of the arts to create community and transform neighborhoods. We want all members of our community to feel invited to participate in the vital arts economy of our city as audience, makers, and workers. As the Arts economy grows in Kingston we strive to make sure that everyone is invited to grow with it.
PUGG is currently working on projects with Riley Johndonnell, on his Paint the Town Yellow campaign, to bring awareness to Mental Health and suicide prevention and with the Reher Center, on the installation of the PHOTO/VOICE, a documentation of the immigrant experience, through the eyes of teenagers. We are actively looking for empty spaces to transform. If you have a space you would like us to curate, please reach out. We are looking for venues to show work done as part of the Teen Art Lab at the Kingston Library, for August.