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7:00pm — Adventure Begins
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7:45pm — Live Ceremony
Don’t Miss The Live Ceremony
Come celebrate and chat with our honorees! Join us LIVE at 7:45pm even if you haven’t finished the choose your own adventure party, videos will remain available after the event.

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(not a mobile device) for optimal viewing.

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Digital Swag Bag will be sent to you via e-mail after the event!


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Join The Adventure

Create your own journey in this unique virtual gala, unlike anything you’ve ever seen or experienced this season! Enjoy the evening’s adventure produced by The Art Effect’s apprentice production company, Forge Media, Alumni Art Show and an Online Auction.

Come make Art After Dark history in celebration of our incredible honorees – Todd Poteet and Sad’e Sharas. 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. We hope that you will join us!

About Art After Dark: How it works

Look for your Choose Your Own Adventure Gala link in your e-mail (it may have gone to spam, junk or promos folder). Then tune in at 7pm as you become the main character in an interactive Art After Dark extravaganza! Listen to stories, visit old friends, meet new faces, and be entertained as you navigate along your unique adventure.

Alumni Auction is LIVE until November 22, 2020

Bid, bid, bid! Visit the Alumni Auction for dozen’s of works of art including ceramics, prints, and services created by The Art Effect’s diverse and talented alumni. Support The Art Effect and treat yourself or find some holiday gift treasures! The online Auction opens on October 19th and ends on November 21st. Bidding is NOW OPEN!

Visit The Alumni Show At The Trolley Barn Gallery

Art After Dark wouldn’t be complete without the art! See the work of talented alumni at the Alumni Art Exhibit both online (link coming soon) and at The Trolley barn from October 17th through November 21st. Wednesday – Friday, 1-3pm and Saturday 1-4pm.


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

Sad’e 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, Sad’e Sharas continues to nurture, impact, and enrich her community through BEC intentionally focusing on the youth and minorities.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Event sponsorships are a unique way to support The Art Effect and Art After Dark, an interactive extravaganza this November. Have your business featured in this unique virtual gala, a choose-your-own adventure journey unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

Thank you for your support!