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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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Calling all Teen Filmmakers

Calling all Teen Filmmakers: Reel Expressions Call for Entries is Open! The Art Effect is currently accepting entries of short films of all genres made by teens (ages 13-19) for the 2018 Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival, to be held on June 15, 2018 at the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, NY. The grand…

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Exposure’s 2018 Call for Entries is Now Open!

It’s that time of the year: the Exposure annual national high school photography competition call for entries is now open! High-school photographers are welcome to submit up to five photographs. Submitted work will be considered for prizes and inclusion in the 2018 exhibition, which runs from May 12 – June 14, 2018. Our updated Call…

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Data Jamming with Beacon FRAME

From having their first go at camera operation to getting settled in pre-production, 17 young producers in Beacon are off to a great start creating an exemplar video for The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies’ “Data Jam Competition”. This is an exciting collaboration, where students learn to interpret and create stories using scientific data sets,…

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