2024 Youth Workforce Programs

Spark Studios: Music Video Production
January 29 – March 21
Monday – Thursday, 3:00 – 5:30 PM

PUF Studios: 8 N. Cherry St, Poughkeepsie 
Spark Studios teaches film and media arts to empower youth voices, build workforce development skills, provide paid work experience, and help students get on a path to college and career success. This 8 week program will teach students ages 14-19 music video production including creating a collaborative song, and planning and producing a music video for this year’s PKX Festival, Droppin’ Jewels.

Media, Art, & Design Lab
January 29 – March 20
Monday – Wednesday, 3:00 – 5:30 PM

Pershing Studios: 45 Pershing Ave, Poughkeepsie 
MADLab is an “earn while you learn” arts-based career and skills training program that trains youth ages 14-19 in visual art, media art, and design careers. This session, youth will work on visual arts and graphic design projects while completing logo design for a real-life client!

Trolley Barn Youth Curatorial Team 
February 7 – June 15
Fridays 3:30 – 6:30 PM and Saturdays 12 – 4 PM
Trolley Barn Gallery: 489 Main St, Poughkeepsie
The Art Effect’s curatorial training program is composed of youth taking part in the Trolley Barn Gallery Curatorial Team who make high level exhibition curation decisions and are mentored by experts in the field. Teens ages 16-19 earn a stipend for working on two exhibitions, The Exhibition Where a Gallery Exhibits Anime Art, a pollution prevention exhibition (title TBD), cleanups in and around the Trolley Barn Gallery and the 2024 PKX Festival, Droppin’ Jewels.

Youth Arts Empowerment Zone (YAEZ)/ PKX Festival
February 5 – May 8
Monday and Wednesday, 3:00 – 5:30 PM 
Trolley Barn Gallery: 489 Main St, Poughkeepsie
YAEZ Liaisons are part of The Art Effect’s curatorial training programs at the Trolley Barn Gallery. YAEZ Liaisons focus on the impact of the community in and around the Trolley Barn Gallery. Youth employees earn a stipend as they learn the tactics of creative placemaking, marketing, outreach, event planning, and more while planning and running the 2024 PKX Festival, Droppin’ Jewels on April 18-20, 2024!

Please reach out to cy@thearteffect.org or 845.471.7477 with any questions.