On September 25th, 2018, The Art Effect held its inaugural Art After Dark at The Henry A. Wallace Center at The FDR Presidential Library and Home, honoring Michael J. Quinn and Niki Pagones Quinn, Creative Breanna Lee Nussbickel, and Amina Kearney.
140 guests enjoyed a wide variety of immersive arts experiences, including digital art created by students of The Art Institute and Junior Art Institute, as well as an interactive projection that had them jumping for joy!Our youth volunteers in A Light in the Dark painted guests with colorful light sources during a photoshoot to create beautiful, bright images in a room that was otherwise pitch black! Thank you to Jen Kiaba, one of our teaching artists, for being our painting with light photographer.Meanwhile, in the FDR Inks & Drinks room, guests tasted our signature cocktail “A Mead Buzz” donated by Salt Point Meadery and tried on custom temporary tattoos while watching youth-produced historic documentaries.Missed it at Art After Dark? Here’s how you can make A Mead Buzz at home:2 oz. Honeymoon mead from Salt Point Meadery2 oz. club soda1 lemon wedge, squeezed1 lemon wedge, garnish on rimSprig of thymeStirredGuests received the star treatment in Quiet on the Set! Our youth production crew directed our guests to act in various scenes using props on a faux movie set. The big surprise: these scenes were later used in the evening’s feature film The Art Effect: An Origin Story. You can view the film here! Note: the password to view the video is ‘art’.Preceding our film screening, our honorees were presented with their 2018 Art After Dark awards, personalized tunnel books handcrafted by Art Institute Alumni Eleanor Milkowski Dahlgren.
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We would like to extend a thank you to our music for the evening, Basestation68, our youth jazz band, as well as our event sponsors: Mill House Brewing Company, Nostrano Vineyards, Poughkeepsie Wine & Liquor, Queen City Lofts, Salt Point Meadery, Vanikiotis Group: Daily Planet Diner, Red Line Diner, Table Talk Diner, and Hyde Park Marina and Tinkelman Architecture!What was your favorite part of the evening? Be sure to tag us and let us know on Facebook by using the hashtag #thearteffect!