Art After Dark 2020
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A unique virtual gala
unlike anything you’ve seen or experienced this season!

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Make Everything Possible

Support The Art Effect as they provide the mentorship, relationship building, and resources young people need to succeed in life.

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Who We Are


 The Art Effect empowers young people to develop their creative voice to shape their futures and bring about positive social change. 

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Our Team

Our Services

From in-school residences to art immersion summer programs; from one day workshops to professional apprentice programs; and from diverse summer programs in the arts to year-round art explorations, we have it all. Here are just a few:

Forge Media ( 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…

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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…

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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…

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Dutchess & Ulster Arts Camp At The Art Effect’s summer arts camp, children can explore their artistic abilities and have fun working on creative projects. We have previously held multiple Arts Camps yearly each summer throughout the Hudson Valley, in Millbrook, Poughkeepsie, Red Hook, and New Paltz. In 2020 we responded to the COVID-19 crisis…

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No Starving Artists Here

Our Alumni Excel

  • Liz Riccardi

    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

    Liz Riccardi


    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

    Domino Bliss is an illustrator and tattoo artist currently working at Revenant Gallery in Hopewell Junction, NY.

    Domino Bliss

  • Trent Taft

    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.

    Trent Taft

  • Joe Cassanova

    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.

    Joe Cassanova

Our Works

Fact About Us

Our students get a lot of incredible work done in our studios.


Students Served


Mil in Awards


Films Made


Cups Consumed

Best Projects


A collection of some of the best work created by our students

  • MADLab

  • Portfolio Development

  • Forge

  • Senior Project

  • Spark Studios

  • Junior Art Instittue


Important Stats

Our students are pretty amazing. Here are just a few things we like to brag about.

Students who improved in giving and receiving constructive criticism
Students who stay in school
Graduates who receive scholarships to college
Graduates with art-based careers
Latest News

What's Happening at The Art Effect?

New Alumni Network to Debut at Art After Dark

The Art Effect is kicking off its new network to foster connections between alumni at this year’s Art After Dark! The Art Effect Alumni Network is made up of former students and program graduates of the Art Effect, including Mill Street Loft Spark Media, and The Children’s Media Project. It is a lifelong connection to a…

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An Interactive Extravaganza Virtual Gala, Art Show, and Auction This Month

On Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm, The Art Effect will host an innovative online Art After Dark Gala honoring Todd Poteet and Sad’e Sharas. Leading up to the interactive extravaganza,  The Alumni Art Show at The Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn as well as the Alumni Art Auction showcase artwork created by alumni of the…

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Arts For Justice: October 12th at The Art Effect

Join The Art Effect in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement for our SECOND Arts for Justice event: a FREE open studios event for all ages this Indigenous People’s Day. Your voice will be heard through drawing, painting, photography, film, and more.  Art can help process emotions, express opinions, and build community. View a…

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