For over 25 years, we’ve worked with schools throughout the Hudson Valley. The Art Effect collaborates with faculty and educators on short- and long-term residencies tailored to creatively engage students in diverse subject areas, reinforcing skills and content they are learning in the classroom through media production and artmaking.

School Residencies:
The Art Effect works with school faculty to bring our programs directly into the classroom. Our multimedia lesson plans can accommodate for age, content, format, and length to fit district-specific needs and/or Common Core standards, while keeping students actively and creatively engaged.

We also offer school-wide assemblies in which we serve a larger audience in a shorter period of time (a great way to bring media/arts education into the school setting!) and after-school residencies to fit district-specific needs and/or Common Core-related standards and learning targets.

Click HERE for current school residency program options.

Teacher Trainings/Professional Development:
The Art Effect works with educators to incorporate arts and media into their teaching through professional development trainings. Educators can gain the knowledge and hands-on practice to introduce media into standard curricula.

Click HERE for current professional development program options.

Contact Mary Ellen at to set up a residency or for more information.

“I truly cannot thank you enough! The students were excited and engaged… Overall, I was moved as an educator, as I watched and experienced how much joy this brought to my students.” – Jamie Devlin, Roy C. Ketcham High School English teacher

“This residency allowed me to help students take themes from a text and compose their own digital responses to poems. Thank you!” – Nasarima Foster, Poughkeepsie High School English teacher  

“You have enriched our English program more than you know. I cannot wait to see this program grow for next year.” – Lizette Cintron, Wappingers Central School District Assistant Superintendent

The Art Effect has worked with dozens of school districts, libraries, and community partners, including:

  • Center for Creative Education (Kingston, NY)
  • Hyde Park Central School District
  • FDR Presidential Museum and Library
  • Mid-Hudson Library System
  • Millbrook Library
  • Poughkeepsie City School District
  • Poughkeepsie Day School
  • Scenic Hudson
  • Ulster County BOCES
  • Wallkill School District