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:


The Art Effect is in a period of growth and is looking for a full-time Director of Finance to be an effective partner to the Executive Director, leadership team, and Board of Directors in guiding the organization to fulfill an ambitious mission. The Director of Finance will work closely with the Executive Director, Operations Manager, and CPA Bookkeeper to build The Art Effect’s capacity to manage its financial and administrative processes as it grows in size and complexity. Reporting to the Executive Director and working directly with several key Board Committees including Finance and Audit, the Director of Finance will oversee finance, budgeting, cash flow, accounting, vendors, and employee benefits at The Art Effect. More information.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. No phone inquiries will be accepted.

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.