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to discover their creative voices and shape their futures.

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Help The Art Effect reach our goal of raising $20,000
to support programming that is transforming lives through art.

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Reel Exposure

Submit your films and photographs to the Reel Exposure Teen International Teen Film and Photo Festival.

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2020 Memberships

Memberships give you discounts on classes
and help change the lives of others through the arts.
Sign up now to start using it in the new year!

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Who We Are


  The Art Effect empowers young people to harness their creative voice in order to shape their future and bring about positive social change. The Art Effect (formerly Mill Street Loft + Spark Media Project) helps youth in the Hudson Valley explore, experience, and excel in the arts, introducing them to visual art and media,…

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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 & 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

    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?

New York State Council on the Arts Awards $72,000 to The Art Effect

The Art Effect today announced that it has been awarded a $72,000 grant over three years from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. NYSCA grants support the transformative impact of the performing, literary, visual and media arts in…

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Public Art Unveiling on Nov 20

The Art Effect invites the public to attend the official art unveiling of a new public sculpture created and designed by Poughkeepsie teens on a vacant lot overlooking the Fall Kill Creek on November 20, 2019. The event will start with the unveiling and ceremony  at 4:00pm at 85 Pershing Avenue, and a reception will…

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Portfolio Day is here, this November 8th

The Art Effect is pleased to present the 18th annual Hudson Valley Regional Portfolio Day at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum on Route 9 in Hyde Park, NY on Friday, November 8th, 2018 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Over 40 admissions representatives from top art colleges across the…

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