The Art Effect empowers youth to develop their artistic voice to shape their futures and bring about positive social change. We help youth in the Hudson Valley from all backgrounds explore, experience, and excel in the arts, introducing them to visual arts and media, giving them the opportunity to develop real skills in these fields, and guiding them towards achieving their academic and career goals. 
The Art Effect was created in 2018 from a year-long merger process of two long-standing arts education and youth development agencies in Poughkeepsie, NY: Mill Street Loft and Spark Media Project. Our legacy of supporting personal growth, creativity, and self-expression through the arts has been a driving force in the life of our multicultural community for more than 30 years – Mill Street Loft since 1981 and Spark Media Project since 1994. Building on this strong foundation, The Art Effect is now the largest arts education nonprofit in the region.

Current Openings:

Click Here to view the job description for the Director of Finance.
Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. No phone inquiries will be accepted.

Teaching Artist(s), Junior Art Institute
Click Here to view the job description for the JAI Teacher
Please email a cover letter, resume, and work samples to

There are no other open staff positions at this time, information about youth employment opportunities for Spark Studios can be found here, or MADLab here.

For Internship opportunities, please visit us here.