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, MADLab Program
Click Here to view the job description for the MADLab Teaching Artist position.

The MADLab (Media/Arts/Design Lab) program is an after-school and summer program focusing on teaching students ages 14 – 19 to develop workforce and career skills through a diverse range of arts, media, and design projects. In 2020, MADLab youth will be working on arts-based place-making initiatives throughout the City of Poughkeepsie, including creating sculptures in public spaces. The Art Effect is seeking a MADLab teaching artist who specializes in sculpture, fabrication, and/or disciplines or media related to 3D outdoor installations.

Teaching Artist, Spark Studios Program
Click Here to view the job description for the Spark Studios Teaching Artist position.

Spark Studios is an after-school and summer workforce development program focusing on teaching students ages 14-19 career skills through hands-on training and practice in filmmaking and videography. In Spark Studios, youth develop both hard and soft skills by producing original works as well as creating media products in partnership with clients. The Art Effect is seeking Spark Studios teaching artists who specialize in film and video production, with an emphasis on narrative, documentary, and commercial video.

Dutchess & Ulster Summer Camp Position Applications
Email completed application form to Angela at by May 15, 2020.

Counselor In Training *Must be at least 15 years old.
Counselor *Must be at least 16 years old.
Teacher’s Assistant *Must be at least 18 years old.