Join The National Art Honor Society

Welcome BACK TO SCHOOL🏫 , Back to Art Class 🎨, and Back to the National Art Honor Society!

The Art Effect is currently recruiting for the 2022-2023 school year. The Art Effect’s National Art Honor Society (NAHS) Chapter #2242 recognizes 9th-12th grade students of high academic and artistic standing throughout the Hudson Valley. The NAHS encourages students to reach their highest level of professionalism and prepares students for a career in the arts. Members serve their community by designing and painting public murals, raising money for scholarships and local organizations, creating public art projects, participating in community art events, and helping set up student exhibits. 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙢𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙩 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙘𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘼𝙧𝙩 𝙀𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙧 𝙩𝙤 𝙦𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙮. Learn more about the National Art Honor Society Here.

Join The Trolley Barn Gallery Youth Curatorial Team

Want to call the shots on the next big arts exhibition in Poughkeepsie? Ever wonder how galleries or museums choose what’s on the walls? What even IS a curator? Learn to generate a theme, jury a national call for entries, and hang the work as a part of the Trolley Barn Gallery youth curatorial team!

The Trolley Barn Gallery youth curatorial team is the team of youth who will be leading the decision-making around Trolley Barn Gallery exhibitions for Winter/Spring 2022. Successful applicants will be able to commit to attending all sessions (which adds up to about 3 days per month) and will receive a $500 stipend in bi-weekly installments, as well as recognition for their leadership.

Tuesday – Thursday, 3-5:30pm | Fall 2022 Session: October 4th – December 14th | Spring 2023 Session: February 6th – June 6th

The Trolley Barn Gallery is seeking new members for the Youth Curatorial Team – who make exhibition curation decisions and are mentored by expert curators and artists in the field of art and museums!

Trolley Barn Curatorial Team is responsible for:

  • Theme generation
  • Artwork selection
  • Art handling
  • Exhibition installation
  • Public speaking
  • Project management

Who’s Behind the PKX Logo Taking Over Poughkeepsie?

What started out as a class project during one of The Art Effect’s youth workforce programs, MADLab (Media, Art, Design Lab), has become a staple image throughout downtown Poughkeepsie over the last couple months. As one of The Art Effect’s youngest workforce students, Latiana Belton is the talented artist behind the now ‘famous’ PKX Festival Logo!

The PKX Festival will take place on September 15-17, 2022 in downtown Poughkeepsie activating locations along Main Street and North Cherry Street as the new Youth Arts Empowerment Zone (YAEZ).

“It feels exciting to see the logo that I created everywhere, says Latiana. The logo is not only a part of a cool new arts festival but is also featured in a public art sculpture we worked on this summer with Artist Duo, BoogieREZ that will be unveiled at the Festival on Saturday, September 17.”

PKX Festival serves as  a building block to the development of Youth Arts Empowerment Zone, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant, establishing a youth-led arts district in and around the Trolley Barn Gallery, the only youth-led gallery in the state! This year’s festival themed, Wonderland, features community-wide art, performances, and workshops. Throughout the year, PKX Festival Youth Committee Members worked alongside artist duo BoogieREZ and Curator Alison M. Glenn to create and curate various art experiences throughout the festival including a public art installation and an artfully curated exhibition. 

“Community art-making is at the heart of the PKX Festival.” Says Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, Executive Director at The Art Effect who also runs the Trolley Barn Gallery in Poughkeepsie, NY. “From painting the pavement to workshops, music, face painting, juried exhibition, and partner booths — there is something for everyone at PKX this weekend.”

Latiana’s PKX logo will be on display throughout the festival and can be found stenciled along Main Street’s sidewalks, on tee shirts for sale, and it will even be featured in the interactive public art installation that we invite the public to come add their mark to!

For the full schedule and more information about the festival lineup, visit PKXFestival.org

Wonderland International Juried Exhibition

Wonderland welcomes an array of media, including digital media, painting, collage, textiles, and installations. Wonderland reimagines the Trolley Barn 3,000 square foot gallery as an transcendental empire of cosmic expansion and ephemeral fascination. We find excitement in the curious. We invite work that disrupts standard notions of reality by exploring the Wonderland we create for ourselves. We ask – we recklessly ponder – how can your art help us reimagine our reality and create positive change in our community?  

The Trolley Barn Gallery brings together an international roster of vital voices; presenting thought-provoking artwork and ideas in a renovated industrial space that is the hub for the area’s thriving arts scene. The Wonderland International Juried Exhibition is the point of entry to the PKX Wonderland Festival, September 15-17, 2022. The PKX Wonderland Festival will attract hundreds of visitors and feature the unveiling of original public art commissions, performances, and creative activities in and around the Trolley Barn Gallery.

The public is invited to the opening reception at the Trolley Barn on Friday, September 15, from 5 pm to 9 pm

Alison Glen, curator

Juror: Allison M. Glenn in collaboration with youth from The Art Effect’s Curatorial Program
Exhibition Dates: Sept 15 – Oct 20, 2022
Opening: September 15, 5-9pm

The Wonderland International Juried Exhibition is the point of entry to the PKX Wonderland Festival,Wonderland reimagines the Trolley Barn 3,000 square foot gallery as an otherworldly empire of wonder, illusion and surprise. We invite work that disrupts standard notions of reality through sensory excess (texture, color, light, sound) and/or unexpected visual mischief. We ask, and wonder, how can your art help us reimagine our reality and create positive change in our community? Allison Glenn works collaboratively with The Art Effect’s Youth Curatorial Team to curate the Wonderland exhibition, selecting artworks from submissions from around the globe. Glenn received substantial critical and community praise for her curatorial work in the groundbreaking exhibition at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky titled, Promise, Witness, Remembrance, an exhibition that reflected on the life of Breonna Taylor, centered on her portrait painted by Amy Sherald. The New York Times selected the exhibition as one of the Best Art Exhibitions of 2021.

Featured Artist: BoogieRez

The Art Effects Youth Workforce Programs had the opportunity to work alongside PKX Featured Artist, BoogieRez, a duo artist team inspired by the Hip Hop culture that incorporates a creative blend of music, photography, illustration, painting, graphic design, dance, fashion design and sculpture into their work. 

As a part of the annual PKX Festivals, youth work closely with a selected artist that they feel fits the theme, mission, and goals of the chosen PKX Festival theme each year as part of the the Youth Arts Empowerment Zone. After selecting a theme, students research artists, send out RFP’s and undergo the artist selection process. 

For the 2022 PKX: Wonderland Festival, The Art Effect’s youth and BoogieRez began working on a unique public art piece we are thrilled to unveil at this year’s PKX Festival. From a whirlwind trip to BoogieRez’s studio in New York City in the spring to spend weeks in the summer constructing an interactive public sculpture, The youth had insightful conversations about the influence of public art in the city of Poughkeepsie and spent a lot of time creating, laughing, and planning this year’s PKX Festival!

Visit The PKX Festival on September 17, 2022 for the official unveiling and to hear from all the artists involved

“Honestly my creative adventure really started in Poughkeepsie once I met Rez. It’s a magical place, Poughkeepsie, it really is. It is amazing that there is just so much different culture in Poughkeepsie. There is a lot of hidden and not-so-hidden talent in the city” – Riiisa Boogie of BoogieRez.

“Hopefully we are beacons to help you get wherever you want to get to creatively” – Rez Ones of BoogieRez.

Become a PKX Sponsor

You can invest in your community and the youth by purchasing event sponsorships or journal ads for the first annual PKX Arts Festival, Wonderland. Sponsorships are a unique way you can support The Art Effect’s mission to make a positive change in the lives of those we serve. The PKX: Wonderland Festival, taking place on September 15-17th, 2022, is the physical manifestation of local youth’s vision for an idyllic Poughkeepsie, and an opportunity for art to not only reflect lived experiences, but also shape a new reality. This youth arts festival is incredibly important for the City of Poughkeepsie and the arts community. This event will not only attract large crowds to downtown Poughkeepsie, but it will provide an opportunity to showcase local agencies and performing artists.

Event sponsorships are a unique way to support The Art Effect and The PKX Festival. As a sponsor, your company will enjoy a host of exceptional perks and will receive high profile recognition across multiple marketing channels.

Download Sponsorship Forms

Apply to Fall Workforce Programs

MADLab | September 26 – November 16
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 3-5:30pm
Youth who successfully complete the program earn a stipend of $100.

MADLab is an “earn while you learn” arts-based career and skills training program that trains youth in:

  • Visual art, graphic design, and website development skills
  • Managing public art and social media marketing projects

Spark Studios | September 27 – November 17
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays, 3-5:30pm

Youth who successfully complete the program earn a stipend of $100.

Spark Studios is a filmmaking and videography program for youth interested in developing their film production and professional skills including:

  • Working with clients on commercial videos
  • Bringing a creative vision to life across stages of production

Youth Curatorial Team | October 4 – December 14
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays, 3-5:30pm

Youth who successfully complete the program earn a stipend of $500.

Learn how to make and curate a real gallery exhibition! Students are mentored by experts in the field of art and museums!

  • Museum curation and gallery exhibition
  • Public speaking and project management

Register for fall art classes

fall art classes

Dynamic programming at The Art Effect combines both visual art and media art in immersive, experiential courses that allow children to experience, explore and excel in the arts. Fall 2022 art classes begin September 18 with the exception of Senior Project beginning on September 8.

Click on any of the classes listed below for more information or to register online:

Adventures in Shadow Puppets, ages 5-8
Adventures in the Arts, ages 4-7
Exploring Drawing & Painting, ages 8-11
Exploring Puppetry, ages 8-11
Foundations in Digital Art & Illustration, ages 11-14
Foundations in Drawing & Painting, ages 11-14
Foundations in Printmaking, ages 11-14
Portfolio Development Foundations, ages 14-19
Portfolio in Character Design & Comics, ages 14-19
Portfolio in Digital Illustration, ages 14-19
Portfolio in Drawing & Painting, ages 14-19
Portfolio in the Human Figure, ages 14-adult
Senior Project *Must be a high school junior, senior or gap year student

Partial scholarships are available to those in economic need. To apply for a scholarship, please complete a Scholarship Application Form and send it to cory@thearteffect.org.

PKX Sticker Challenge

In honor of the upcoming PKX Festival, the youth committee has launched a sticker challenge. Follow @PKXFestival on Instagram to see where you can pick up your sticker!

Here’s how the challenge works:

  1. Pick up a sticker at the Trolley Barn Gallery, 489 Main St. Poughkeepsie
  2. Color and design your PKX logo sticker
  3. Snap a photo and post your design on IG: tag us using #PKXFestival AND @PKXFestival
  4. DM a screenshot of your post to @PKXFestival or email pkxfestival@thearteffect.org

DJ Dance Party

Take a peek behind the scenes into our first annual PKX Festival, Wonderland! Hudson Valley teens “danced through the decades” with a silent disco at the Trolley Barn Gallery hosted by Poughkeepsie Open Studios and the PKX Youth Committee. Catch even more behind the scenes videos leading up to the PKX Festival on September 15-17, 2022 each “Wonderland Wednesday” every other week and learn more about the festival here!

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