The Art Effect empowers youth in the Hudson Valley through the arts and media. Our programming sequence supports the personal and professional development of youth and provides them with the tools and support necessary to explore the arts, gain meaningful experiences, and eventually excel in their chosen tracks. It is our commitment to support personal…
Nicole Fenichel-HewittExecutive DirectorCreative and innovative leader; master delegator; uber-collaborator, inspiration dropper, and queen of two teens.
Todd PoteetDirector of Visual ArtsFounder of The Art Institute, graphic designer, illustrator, artist, educator and pancake guru.
Mary Ellen IatropoulosDirector of EducationEducator, writer, critical theory aficionado, three-time winner of the Mr. Pointy Award.
Anna LangdellDirector of DevelopmentFundraiser, international traveler, yogi, and mom to a goofy baby and spunky Labradoodle.
Liz ProsciaCommunications & Development CoordinatorHudson Valley native with a passion for the nonprofit sector who enjoys cooking, finger guns and walking her pup Maggie.
Angela BeltraniExecutive AssistantIntellectual, musical theater snob, birder, wildlife biologist, balloonatic and Patti Lupone wanna-be.
Paul ThompsonLead Media Teaching Artist/Equipment ManagerVideographer, Media Educator, Photographer, Editor, Vacationist, Foodie, Unofficial food inspector
Sarah TaylorLead Media Teaching ArtistVideo Artist, Enthusiastic Project Partner, Exuberant Teacher, and Program Assistant.
David WongHabilidad Program CoordinatorJack of all trades and teacher to all.
Forge Media (www.ForgeMedia.org) is The Art Effect’s production house apprenticeship program, the first of its kind in the Hudson Valley. Forge employs advanced youth apprentices to work alongside experienced producers in creating high quality, unique media products for businesses and organizations. Youth gain client-based work experience, further develop their filmmaking skills using professional-level equipment and…Learn More
The Art Institute is a pre-college portfolio program for artistically motivated and career-minded teens ages 14-19. We help them develop their ideas and master skills in the visual and media arts. Excellence is, after all, built on a firm foundation. Students will strengthen their portfolios by exploring advanced art techniques, presentation, critique, composition, emotionalism, and…Learn More
Residencies For over 25 years, we’ve worked with schools throughout the Hudson Valley. The Art Effect collaborates with faculty and educators on short- and long-term residencies tailored to creatively engage students in diverse subject areas, reinforcing skills and content they are learning in the classroom through media production and artmaking. School Residencies: The Art Effect…Learn More
Dutchess Arts Camp At Dutchess Arts Camp, children ages 4 – 12 will enjoy a fun-filled summer of friends, nature and ART! At each of our picturesque locations your child will be surrounded by professional artist-educators to take them on a summer journey into CREATIVITY! From ceramics and painting to playwriting and dancing, campers are…Learn More
Liz is a multi-disciplinary Art Director specializing in boundary-pushing digital creative for gen-z and millennial audiences. Extensive experience defining brands’ visual identities and telling 360-degree stories that engage and empower consumers.
Currently Art Director @ Sweet
Clients include: TBS, School of Doodle, The Georges Malaika Foundation, No Big Deal PR, Clover Letter,Time Out Magazine, Hard Candy, Reebok, Smuggler Films, Greencard Pictues, Eyeball Records
MC Wolfman (aka Dan Betro) is a New York born artist working as an Illustrator and Background Artist, creating work for clients like Red Stylo Media, Print Syndicate, SBC Advertising, Viceland, Thrillist, McGarryBowen, MC CHRIS, and Cartuna.
Domino Bliss is an illustrator and tattoo artist currently working at Revenant Gallery in Hopewell Junction, NY.
Currently located in New York, Trent Taft is a sculptor in the special effects industry. Inspired by films with
credible imaginary characters and nature itself, He brings his creations to life in a public space through artistry.
Joe Cassanova graduated from the Art Institute before attending Maryland Institute College of Art for his BFA and then School of Visual Arts for his MFA. He is a digital and traditional illustrator with extensive experience.
Mil in Awards
Film & AnimationPortfolio
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We’re excited to announce that twenty students from The Art Effect’s Art Institute program received recognition at the 2019 Hudson Valley Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Award. Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards recognize exceptional and artistic talent in students from across the United States. By…
Spend your summer with The Art Effect! With programs for children ages 4-19, your child will develop personally and professionally while gaining the tools necessary to explore the arts, strengthen their creative voices, and gain meaningful experiences. Take a look at what’s happening this summer: Dutchess Arts Camps: Ages 4-12 Each week brings a new…
Thank you to all for joining us for Art After Hours: Teen Visions at the Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn last Friday! It was a special evening for us and we hope you enjoyed the fabulous food and drink vendors that provided us with a delicious experience! Guests enjoyed over 70 pieces of artwork created by young…