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 

The MADLab (Media/Arts/Design Lab) program is an afterschool and summer workforce arts program that specializes in teaching students ages 14 – 19 workforce development skills through a diverse range of arts, media, and design projects.

The MADLab teaching artist duties include but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with the MADLab Coordinator and other staff to develop cohesive and age-appropriate curriculum for visual arts program for high school age youth;
  • Mentor youth at varying skill levels to “get to the next step”;
  • Engage students through visual arts projects in meaningful ways;
  • Supervise and successfully manage students moving through a long-term, multi-step arts projects;
  • Manage student application processing as well as creation of programmatic materials such as rosters and visual arts education tools;
  • Manage and work in a diverse team with an ability to think on your feet;
  • Create visual arts projects (found object art, recycled and/or repurposed art, and urban design);
  • Be a supportive community-based mentor and resource for youth;
  • Engage youth in a series of “Check ins” to monitor youth employee’s well being and productivity;
  • Periodically maintain contact with youth‘s parents and guardians to keep them informed and updated on their child;
  • Perform other tasks as needed.


An ideal candidate would have:

  • BFA in the visual arts, arts education, or a related field
  • Experience in working with high school-age youth
  • High energy and be able to inspire excitement in others
  • Knowledge of the Adobe creative cloud
  • Experience in working with power tools
  • Background in painting/ illustration

Compensation: (Commensurate with Experience)

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, résumé, and work samples to