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The Art Effect is pleased to announce our new gallery location at the historic Trolley Barn Gallery at 489 Main St, Poughkeepsie.

The mission of The Art Effect at the Trolley Barn is to train youth as leaders who catalyze the community through the arts and re-energize downtown Poughkeepsie. The iconic Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn will be re-activated with youth in the drivers seat of this incredible space, empowering them to engage community members and visitors in transformative arts experiences that they curate.

Trolley Barn Intensive

The new program brings together youth and established art professionals to present impactful exhibitions to engage our neighborhood and acquaint youth with curatorial and exhibitions practices.

Youth-led exhibitions and performances including showcases presenting students artwork and juried national exhibitions at the Trolley Barn are designed to strengthen our community and showcase the positive impacts of arts and arts education.


Joanna Frang, Trolley Barn Gallery Director

Joanna has served arts and cultural nonprofits at a variety of curatorial, education, and management levels, including museum exhibitions, education, collections management and American history and art history. Frang earned her B.A. from Haverford College and holds a Masters of Arts from the University of Delaware and the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture as a Lois F. McNeil Fellow. She completed her doctoral work in American Civilization at Brandeis University as a Rose and Irving Crown Fellow, with a focus on the built environment and the cultural worlds of American Grand Tourists in the Early Republic. She has been a residential Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum & the National Portrait Gallery by the Terra Foundation for America Art, with additional residential fellowship appointments in the U.S. and Great Britain from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Samuel Kress Foundation.