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We understand that each family has unique financial needs and concerns, so we are committed to working with you and your particular situation. If you have a question about The Art Effect’s programming or policies that is not addressed here, please email it to:

Does The Art Effect offer scholarships or payment plans?

Partial scholarships are available to those in economic need. You can download an application here and email a completed copy to The Art Effect offers payment plans as well. Registration costs can be divided into two to four monthly payments. Plans vary and are viewable on when you select the pay deposit option in the cart system. For more information email

What does it mean to have a membership at The Art Effect?

Becoming a member helps The Art Effect provide an extensive range of arts and media-based programming to thousands of young people and families throughout the Hudson Valley. Members receive a wide array of benefits – including reduced rates for art classes and free tickets to events. To find out more about various levels of membership click here.

What steps are you taking to ensure my child will be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The Art Effect is committed to safety and will be following protocols and guidelines for re-opening set by Dutchess County, New York State, and the CDC.

Precautions we are taking include, but will not be not limited to:
– streamlined drop-off and pick-up routines
– reduced enrollment and limited class sizes
– rigorous sanitization measures

More information can be found in The Art Effect’s COVID-19 Safety Plan.

What happens if I want to cancel my registration?

Cancellations 30 days or more before the first day a program begins will receive a full refund less the 25% non-refundable deposit for spring and fall classes or $100/week/student for summer programs. Cancellations less than 7 days prior to a program will receive no credit and no refund.

What happens if a program is canceled by The Art Effect?

If a class or program is canceled by The Art Effect, you will be offered your choice of either a program credit or a refund prorated for the canceled portion of the course. The Art Effect will not provide refunds for missed classes not canceled by the organization or the instructor. This policy allows The Art Effect to ensure that our teaching artists and office staff are compensated for their time and materials provided.

How can I apply a program credit?

Program credits are good for one year from the date The Art Effect resumes regular programming. Any member of your household can use your program credit towards any of our classes, camps, or summer programs. Credits are not transferable beyond your household.

Can I cancel and get a refund for a class/program that is not yet canceled?

If you must cancel your class or summer program registration and the program for which you are registered is still scheduled, your cancellation will be subject to our regular cancellation policy.

My personal finances have changed due to the COVID-19 crisis and I’m not sure I can afford a course I am registered for. What options do I have?

If your personal finances are particularly challenged at this time and you need to change a program payment plan in which you are currently enrolled, please email We are willing to halt or alter payment plans temporarily during this crisis while allowing you to retain your registration and space in these programs. If you would like to request this option, please email or call 845-471-7477.