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:

Teaching Artist, Empire Programs 

In The Art Effect’s Empire State Extended Learning Time after-school programs, visual and media teaching artists mentor youth within the Poughkeepsie City School District through the process of creating a diverse range of arts projects (including planning, producing, finalizing and exhibiting).

We are seeking engaging, experienced teachers of both fine and media arts for our Empire Programs. Each position co-teaches two afternoons a week in either an elementary-age program (2nd/3rd or 4th/5th) or middle school program (6th/7th/8th). Applications are currently being accepted and positions begin pending background check and fingerprinting clearance.

Lead Teaching Artist responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Curriculum Development and Implementation:

  • Develop cohesive and age/culturally appropriate curriculum for after-school arts/media classes for elementary-age students.
  • Implement and facilitate engaging visual/media arts lessons during class time.


Classroom Management:

  • Conduct each class in an organized and seamless manner in demonstration of strong classroom management skills.
  • Ensure students are well supervised, and within sight at all times.
  • Establish a classroom culture that fosters learning, tolerance, understanding, creativity, productivity, positivity, and focus.
  • Clean up of materials/classrooms/projects.



  • Keep classroom records including accurate daily attendance, daily activity log, engaging lesson outlines, and log of any incidents/injuries. Follow organization’s protocol for keeping track of this information.
  • Prepare necessary teaching materials ahead of time and keep records of curriculum goals and activities.
  • Create consistent organizational systems in order to keep work organized, and ensure that materials/equipment are well cared for.
  • Be prepared for class ahead of time, including preparing class materials in advance for seamless transitions throughout class time.
  • Communicate with family members, building staff, and our staff to let them know about all the wonderful things being achieved in class.


Successful candidates will possess a Bachelor’s degree in visual arts, film-making, video production, education, or a related field is required, OR equivalent amount of professional experience teaching art to youth in a formal setting. A Master’s degree in education, arts education, or media production is a plus.


  • Must have a minimum of one year of experience working with children or youth.
  • Must have a minimum of one year of experience in curriculum development.
  • Must have experience with classroom management and leadership.
  • Must have a strong work ethic and a positive attitude.
  • Must have a background in visual arts, filmmaking or other arts disciplines.
  • Must have excellent communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills.
  • Must have a demonstrated track record of effectively teaching a diverse range of learners.
  • Must have the ability to juggle multiple overlapping high-stakes priorities at once.

Compensation: (Commensurate with Experience)

Job Types: Part-time, Temporary

Experience: relevant: 1 year (Required)

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and supplemental materials (lesson examples, personal work, etc.) to Lauren Hollick, Director of Explore Programs, at