The Art Effect empowers youth in the Hudson Valley through the arts and media. Our programming sequence supports the personal and professional development of youth and provides them with the tools and support necessary to explore the arts, gain meaningful experiences, and eventually excel in their chosen tracks. It is our commitment to support personal…
Nicole Fenichel-HewittExecutive DirectorCreative and innovative leader; master delegator; uber-collaborator, inspiration dropper, and queen of two teens.
Todd PoteetDirector of Visual ArtsFounder of The Art Institute, graphic designer, illustrator, artist, educator and pancake guru.
Mary Ellen IatropoulosDirector of EducationEducator, writer, critical theory aficionado, three-time winner of the Mr. Pointy Award.
Anna LangdellDirector of DevelopmentFundraiser, international traveler, yogi, and mom to a goofy baby and spunky Labradoodle.
Liz ProsciaCommunications & Development CoordinatorHudson Valley native with a passion for the nonprofit sector who enjoys cooking, finger guns and walking her pup Maggie.
Angela BeltraniExecutive AssistantIntellectual, musical theater snob, birder, wildlife biologist, balloonatic and Patti Lupone wanna-be.
Paul ThompsonLead Media Teaching Artist/Equipment ManagerVideographer, Media Educator, Photographer, Editor, Vacationist, Foodie, Unofficial food inspector
Sarah TaylorLead Media Teaching ArtistVideo Artist, Enthusiastic Project Partner, Exuberant Teacher, and Program Assistant.
David WongHabilidad Program CoordinatorJack of all trades and teacher to all.
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…Learn More
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…Learn More
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…Learn More
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…Learn More
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
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 is an illustrator and tattoo artist currently working at Revenant Gallery in Hopewell Junction, NY.
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.
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.
Mil in Awards
Junior Art InstittuePortfolio
Our students are pretty amazing. Here are just a few things we like to brag about.
Join us for this exhibition of more than 35 young artists! Teen Visions showcases the artistic accomplishments of students at The Art Effect to the community. This year, the Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn will feature Teen Visions as the first exhibition in its newly renovated space. The Teen Visions exhibition features more than 70 works of art,…
Please join us this Saturday, December 15th from 4:00-6:00pm for the opening reception of the Senior Project exhibition! Senior Project is the most intensive program offered at The Art Institute. Modeled after a senior thesis college course, Senior Project challenges high school seniors to be career-minded and think seriously about their art as they…
With his heart pounding, Tariq clicked on the email. Was he going to chase his dream of becoming a filmmaker in New York City? Was he going to become the first person in his family to go to college? “We are pleased to inform you…” He didn’t need to read anymore: Tariq was going to…