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Summer Arts

The Art Effect has a range of summer programs that challenge and inspire students of all ages. Youth ages 4-12 explore the arts at Dutchess Arts Camp. The Junior Art Institute for ages 11-14 features filmmaking, drawing, and painting. While teens ages 14-19 develop advanced skills in pre-college courses at the Summer Art Intensive.

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Explore

Explore The Art Effect with programs focused on providing immersive, introductory arts and media experiences to help empower youth with the confidence that comes from discovering and sharing their creative voice.

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Experience

Experience The Art Effect with programs designed for youth in middle school and high school which provide unique, high-quality educational instruction in the arts and media. Students gain technical and creative arts and media skills, as well as social intelligence that will help them succeed in future endeavors, including leadership, communication, and teamwork.

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Excel

Excel in The Art Effect with programs designed for students and young adults working toward mastery and entrance into a career or higher education. These programs build essential workforce development and college preparatory skills by providing real-world work placements and educational experiences.

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Art Courses

The Art Effect art courses will allow beginners to explore new media and processes while advanced students can excel in their development of voice, techniques, and skills. There’s a course for everyone.

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Who We Are

About

  The Art Effect (formerly Mill Street Loft and Spark Media Project) is committed to being a catalyst for youth empowerment and community engagement through the arts and media across the Hudson Valley. We foster personal and professional development for youth through sequential, impactful arts and media programs that encourage youth to explore, experience, and…

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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 (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…

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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 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…

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No Starving Artists Here

Our Alumni Excel

  • Zoe Keller

    A Woodstock, New York native, Zoe is currently based in Portland, Oregon, where she spends most of her time drawing in her small home studio. She gathers inspiration from slow explorations of landscapes, hours spent thumbing through her growing field guide collection, and her memories of time spent in forests and on shores across the midwest and northeast.

    www.zoekeller.com

    Zoe Keller

  • Jason Bard Yarmosky

    Yarmosky pushes the conceptual boundaries of traditional portrait painting and drawing by focusing on aging subjects in contrast to the historical glorification of youth.

    His artistic work, both classically rendered and theatrically composed, examines the complexities of the aging experience and explores questions of memory, time, and mortality revealed in the tension between the physical and psychological transformations endured by his subjects.

    www.jasonyarmosky.com

    Jason Bard Yarmosky

  • 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.

    www.joe-casanova.com

    Joe Cassanova

Our Works

Fact About Us

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

76231

Students Served

43

Mil in Awards

2307

Films Made

65953

Cups Consumed

Best Projects

Portfolio

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

  • Portfolio Development

    Portfolio
  • Forge

    Portfolio
  • Senior Project

    Portfolio
  • Animation

    Portfolio
  • Junior Art Instittue

    Portfolio

Important Stats

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

Graduates who receive Scholarships
99%
Graduates with art-based careers
83%
Students who stay in school
100%
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Gearing up for Reel Expressions

Celebrating its sixth year, the Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival features a variety of youth-produced films from the Hudson Valley and around the world.  Themes for this year’s film showcase address many issues modern teens face including self acceptance and mental health through narratives and documentaries. A Q&A panel with the young filmmakers takes…

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Exposure Winners

The Art Effect is proud to announce this year’s Exposure High School Photography Competition winners. Students from across the nation and overseas, submitted digital and traditional photographic works. Professional photographer, Eric Lindbloom reviewed the more than 478 individual entries, selecting 71 for the final exhibition and the 6 winners. Best of Show was awarded to…

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After Hours Kickoff

Thank you to all who joined us for our first ever After Hours event at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory. It was a special evening for us, and we hope everyone enjoyed the fabulous food and drink vendors that provided us with a delicious experience!  By attending this event, Art Effectors supported our growth by provide us…

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