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You can empower youth to gain new skills and improve their community through art. MADLab youth will create public art and develop clean green spaces along the Fall Kill Creek, an overlooked waterway in downtown Poughkeepsie. Donate to The Art Effect’s 2019 MADLab program today!

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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 Ulster & 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…

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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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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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Who We Are

About

  The Art Effect empowers the next generation to harness their creative voice to shape their future 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 (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 & Ulster Arts Camp At Dutchess and Ulster 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…

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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

    lizriccardi.com

    Liz Riccardi

  • MC WOLFMAN

    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.

    mc-wolfman.com

    MC WOLFMAN

  • Domino Bliss

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

    instagram.com/dominotwist

    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.

    trenttaft.com

    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.

    www.joe-casanova.com

    Joe Cassanova

Our Works

Fact About Us

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

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Students Served

49

Mil in Awards

2357

Films Made

85953

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Best Projects

Portfolio

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

  • MADLab

    Portfolio
  • Portfolio Development

    Portfolio
  • Forge

    Portfolio
  • Senior Project

    Portfolio
  • Spark Studios

    Portfolio
  • Junior Art Instittue

    Portfolio

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
78.5%
Students who stay in school
100%
Graduates who receive scholarships to college
99.9%
Graduates with art-based careers
83%
Latest News

What's Happening at The Art Effect?

How Art Can Battle Pollution

Check out this awesome, short video produced by our MADLab (Media/Art/Design Lab) students! These PSAs (public service announcements) are part of the community-led initiative to clean up the Fall Kill Creek in downtown Poughkeepsie. Watch the video, then take a 6-question survey! Please take this 6-question survey based on the video above! By completing this…

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2019 Exposure Exhibition

Above: Best in Show winner Andralyn Lagattuta and Executive Director Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt. On May 10th, 2019, The Art Effect hosted the 16th annual Exposure Photography Exhibition, celebrating the work of local and national teen photographers. We were pleased to announce the winners of the exhibition during our Artists Reception towards the end of the night….

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Art Battles Pollution: MADLab Students Set To Clean Up The Fall Kill Creek

In 2019, MADLab students are taking on the ravages of pollution in their community. As part of the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute, students will create public art and develop clean green spaces along the Fall Kill Creek, an overlooked waterway in downtown Poughkeepsie. This is the only youth-led arts project that contributes to the city-wide…

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