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The Arts Bridge (formerly piloted as Media & Arts Advancement Program or MAAP) seeks to create successful college pathways for low-income, first generation youth interested in careers in the arts. ArtsBridge helps youth gain advanced art skills alongside life skills and social emotional support, and get into college.

2022 Application – Apply Here.

Arts bridge runs two semesters per school year. Students attend one art institute class per semester and includes field trips, guest lectures, and college visits.

  • Gain advanced artistic preparation through the Art Institute
  • College readiness training with a peer cohort in weekly classes
  • Participate in individual mentorship
  • Meet guest artists, exposing them to a variety of college/career fields
  • Take a deep dive into the different aspects of the college process from narrowing down their options to scholarships

Arts Bridge serves first generation youth from Poughkeepsie High School, many of whom struggle to succeed academically and are from families with parents who do not hold a college degree or have experience navigating the college process therefor providing an equal opportunity for higher education in the arts. Arts Bridge provides these youth with a peer network, adult mentorship, and skills including financial management, time management, and professional communication. Students participate in a weekly class with their cohort of peers, engage regularly with a mentor, and attend Art Institute courses in fall, spring, and summer sessions.

Press Release: The Art Effect receives award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support ArtsBridge

Questions? Contact David Wong at
To learn more about Arts Bridge and our other programs call 845.471.7477


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