The Art Effect (formerly Mill Street Loft and Spark Media Project) is committed to being a catalyst for youth empowerment and community engagement through the arts and media across the Hudson Valley. We are dedicated to fostering personal and professional development for youth through sequential, impactful arts and media programs that encourage youth to explore, experience, and excel. From our youth employment programs, to our award-winning Dutchess Arts Camps and Art Institute, exhibitions, workshops, and performances, The Art Effect is committed to supporting personal growth, fostering self-expression, and enhancing human services through the arts to build a shared sense of community.

The Art Effect was created 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. Beginning in January 2017, these two highly successful organizations integrated their visual art and media programs in order to better serve Hudson Valley youth. The Art Effect, now fully merged, is a community-based, multi-arts educational center offering a wide range of creative, educational, and culturally-enriching programs to diverse audiences throughout the Hudson Valley. Building on the strong foundation of its two founding organizations, The Art Effect is the largest and most impactful arts education nonprofit in the region.