Adventure In The Arts

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Art After Dark

OCTOBER 22, 2021

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Summer Camp At Home

Back by popular demand!
Art at Home Video Lessons
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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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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

Poughkeepsie City School District Summer Arts Program Math, ELA & The Arts for PCSD Elementary School Children in grades 4&5 August 2 — 27, 2021Monday — Friday, 9am-4pmLocated at The Art Effect, 45 Pershing Ave. Poughkeepsie FREE program for PCSD students to use their imagination, learn new skills and have fun this summer! Children will explore their…

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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?

National Coloring Book Day

Grab your crayons, markers or colored pencils, it’s National Coloring Book Day and we are sharing these incredible printable coloring pages from one of The Art Effect’s talented alum, Stephanie Weinger today! Stephanie is a Natural Science and Children’s Illustrator, a current member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and a graduate in Illustration…

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The Art Effect is thrilled to announce that its fourth annual Art After Dark Gala will be returning to an in-person celebration of the arts on Friday, October 22, from 7pm-10pm at the Trolley Barn Gallery in Poughkeepsie, NY. The night will feature immersive arts experiences, culinary delights, and signature cocktails with an artistic twist. The 2021 Art After Dark…

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FREE Summer Arts Program for PCSD Students

Poughkeepsie City School District Summer Arts Program Math, ELA & The Arts for PCSD Elementary School Children in grades 4&5 August 2 — 27, 2021 Monday — Friday, 9am-4pm Located at The Art Effect, 45 Pershing Ave. Poughkeepsie In partnership with the Poughkeepsie City School District, The Art Effect is pleased to announce a FREE program for…

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