Art After Dark 2020

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Art After Dark: The Alumni Effect
An Interactive extravaganza full of stories and surprises!
Date: November 19, 2020 | 7:00pm
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oin us from the comfort of your home as we come together to make Art After Dark history in celebration of our incredible honorees – Todd Poteet and Sade Sharras. Together we will support arts education, youth development and kick off our exciting new alumni association. Proceeds from this event provide significant support for The Art Effect’s art education and youth programming.

Imagine if students, alumni, donors, and community members could come together for a night of reflection and celebration of two very important honorees in our creative community, what would we create?

“The Alumni Effect” theme embodies the limitless possibilities and community leadership that both of our honorees have brought to our Art Effect creative community through the years. Additionally, we welcome an emerging group of young people who have the leadership potential to guide, mentor, and grow demographically. 

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Coming soon: Auction, Art Exhibit Details, and “Choose Your Own Adventure” Feature Event!

Learn more about the 2020 Honorees

Todd Poteet Honoree

Todd Poteet brought boundless artistic creativity and success first to Mill Street Loft and then to The Art Effect from 1996-2019. As the founding director of The Art Institute, Director of the Excel Programs at The Art Effect, and owner of the graphic design firm Pen & Ink Creative he has mentored over 1,000 students and has guided students to more than $53 million in merit-based college scholarships. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including: the Dutchess County Executive Arts Award for Art Education, The 40 Under 40 Shaker Award, The Scholastic Arts & Writing Gold Medal Award for Art Education, Top 10 Most Influential Artists in the Hudson Valley, and the Congressional Medal for the Arts.

As a drawer, painter, and printmaker, Todd has shown in small group shows and solo exhibits for more than 30 years and has created more than 20 public art murals throughout the Hudson Valley. His illustrations have appeared in small publications and national campaigns. Todd has served as an etching assistant at the Watanabe Print Studio in Brooklyn where he worked on projects for Frances Jetter, Christian Eckart, Frank Stella, among others.

As an educator, Todd has developed curriculum and taught high level arts to students young and old for over 26 years. Throughout the years he has offered workshops and courses out of his studio, online, and abroad. He specializes in advanced portfolio development for college bound teens, and has also taught foundation art courses for developing students to digital design courses for seasoned professionals. Todd has been a keynote speaker at Superintendent Days, Career Days, and college graduation ceremonies.

Sad'e Bio Photo

Sade Sharas, of Poughkeepsie, New York, is a young successful entrepreneur. Founder of Black Excellence Community Inc, Owner and Director of Learning TreeHouse Daycare, Mother and Mentor. 

Ms. Sharas attended Clark Atlanta University to study Mass Media, Public Relation and Minor in Education. Throughout her undergraduate matriculation Ms.Sharas discovered she had a true passion to serve the community, especially the youth. 

Over the next four years she spent her college breaks revisiting her hometown of Poughkeepsie to volunteer, work and mentor underprivileged youth within the inner city. She would often speak with Poughkeepsie High School Students involved in the Brother 2 Brother and Sister 2 Sister program, volunteered as Lead Youth Counselor at VOTE Summer youth advocacy program and held the position as Activity Coordinator for Neighborhood Economical & Cultural Program incorporated (NECAP), organizing their very first Collaborative Community Field Day and assisted in organizing Sister 2 Sister first College Tour.

She continued her passion while in Atlanta as an executive board member of the CAU Diamonds, Executive Board member of We Do it 4 The Hood inc, member of theCAU Tri-State Club, member of the NAACP CAU Chapter, as well an member of the Women’s Leadership Program. Continuing her community and youth involvement she realized there was a need to address the lack of positive influence of people of color within her hometown. 

In 2018, she took the first step to do her part to fufill the need by becoming a NYS Licensed Childcare provider, nurturing the prime developmental stage of Children. In 2019, she Founded Black Excellence Community Incorporated (BEC) to unify, celebrate and uplift the black and minority community of Poughkeepsie while bringing sustainable change through educational workshops, specialized programs, and events. In 2019 she Organized the Inaugural Black Excellence Community Gala recognizing Poughkeepsie’s distinguished people of color, cumulating 200 attendees, and fundraising over $4,000 in scholarship funds. In Spring of 2020, Ms. Sharas created the Black Excellence Community Scholarship Program, interviewing applicants, selecting and awarding 3 College bound Poughkeepsie High School students with 3 individual scholarships and a laptop for one deserving student.

Although her work is far from over, Sade Sharas continues to nurture, impact, and enrich her community through BEC intentionally focusing on the youth and minorities.