Spark Studios

Spark Studios (formerly Drop TV and Media Magic) is part of The Art Effect’s workforce programs, a section of programming that is comprised of arts-based career and skills training programs.

Spark Studios media producers learn the ropes of a fully functioning film set, while also learning workplace skills, receiving training in camera operation and filmmaking techniques, and gaining experience with production software, technology, and the Adobe Creative Suite. 

CURRENT PROGRAM: Spark Studios Spring 2020
February 3 – March 26
Mondays through Thursdays, 3:00 – 5:30pm each day @ the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory
8 North Cherry Street, 3rd Floor

Selected Shorts

Be A Part of The Solution – An anti-bully PSA created for the Poughkeepsie City School District by the youth of Spark Studios

The Edge – Wildcat Spirit Film Festival Award Winner for National High School – Less than 5 minutes Narrative
After great loss, a family finds itself staring at an abyss.

The Lock Down – Based off true events, students find themselves in a school lockdown in this short film produced by Spark Studios youth.

This program is partially funded by monies received from the United Way of Dutchess County, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Dutchess County.


COVID-19 Statement
Current Status:
—MADLab and Spark Studios programs will continue with students participating in program remotely.

—Art classes that were scheduled to occur between March 13-27 are being postponed for two weeks and are scheduled to resume when the Poughkeepsie City School District reopens.
—Camps are currently scheduled to continue as planned.

The Art Effect is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in New York and will continue to implement health and safety measures to protect our program participants and their families. In light of the changing situation with the COVID-19 public health challenge, The Art Effect is currently following the guidance of the Poughkeepsie City School District with regards to suspensions of programming. When we postpone, reschedule, or shift the format of classes, parents and participants will be notified immediately. Should it become necessary for The Art Effect to cancel camps or classes, prorated refunds will be issued to those affected by the cancellation. We thank you for your continued support and we will keep everyone apprised of any major updates or changes to our programming that may occur as a result of COVID-19.