Empire Program


Empire State After-School Program

In partnership with the Poughkeepsie City School District, The Art Effect delivers arts, media and theater enrichment programs to over 250 students in grades 2-12 each year.

Over 25 professional artist educators provide students with a media and arts-based learning program which meets the New York State Learning Standards for both English Language and The Arts by using visual, literary, media and performing arts projects to engage students as active, creative learners. These programs educate youth on how and why art and media are created, and provide access to equipment, supplies, technology and tools our students can utilize to create their own art, media, and theatre pieces.

This program is designed to meet ambitious goals of improving students’ academic achievement and achieving consistent attendance and focused participation by the majority of underserved youth in the City of Poughkeepsie. We are proud to collaborate with a consortium of community-based organizations, school administrators, educators, and artists to improve the lives of students and their families in Poughkeepsie.


COVID-19 Statement
Current Status:
The Art Effect is monitoring Dutchess County and NY State Guidelines as they relate to the spread of COVID-19 and will continue to implement health and safety measures to protect our students and families. Please see our updated health and safety plan, HERE. Sign up for text alerts, our mailing list, and follow us on social media(Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) for updates.