Reel Exposure International Film and Photo Festival

April 7 – May 13: Photo Exhibition @ The Trolley Barn Gallery
Virtual Gallery & Film Showcase available online

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The Art Effect’s Affiliation with Barrett Art Center

The Art Effect and Barrett Art Center are coming together in an exciting, transformational affiliation

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Summer Programs For All Ages

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Reel Exposure Short Films Showcase

Film Showcase & Virtual Gallery available online
April 7 – May 13: Photo Exhibition @ The Trolley Barn Gallery

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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 Arts Camp

Dutchess & Ulster Arts Camp At The Art Effect’s summer Dutchess and Ulster arts camps, children ages 5-10 will explore their artistic abilities and have fun working on creative projects in person, socially distanced and outside whenever possible this summer at our Pershing Ave, Poughkeepsie locations or at SUNY New Paltz’s beautiful campus. Dutchess Arts…

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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?

Reel Exposure Photography Exhibit

Opening Reception April 7 5-7pm RSVP HERE Reel Exposure focuses on three goals: encourage youth creativity, invigorate our local community through the arts, and showcase the incredible work done by emerging filmmakers and photographers. Reel Exposure is a natural manifestation of The Art Effect’s commitment to empowering youth to harness their creative voices. Thank you…

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The Art Effect Announces Affiliation with Barrett Art Center to Expand Youth and Community Opportunities for the Arts in Poughkeepsie

Two Legacies, One Future The Art Effect and Barrett Art Center are coming together in an exciting, transformational affiliation bringing together the largest arts organization with the oldest arts organization in the Hudson Valley. (For more information click here).   The affiliation will open doors of new opportunities for The Art Effect and Barrett Art…

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Home Sick at the Trolly Barn By The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College

This post was origionaly posted on The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Read the full post HERE: The exhibition Home Sick, currently on view at the Trolley Barn through April 1, is a collaboration between multiple Poughkeepsie arts organizations and is the pilot program of The Art Effect’s Youth Curatorial Program. The project came…

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