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Sign Up for Art100 (ArtsBridge) Fall 2023

The Art Effect Launches New Initiative for Hudson Valley Youth to Earn Visual And Media Art College Credits While in High School! Learn more here.

Hudson Valley youth will earn college credit for participating in The Art Effect’s visual arts and media programming. In partnership with Dutchess Community College, students enrolled in the ArtsBridge, fall 2023 program will earn college credit, free of cost to students. Click here to apply.

ART 100/ Introductory Visual Art Seminar is an introduction to the visual art programs to academic and career opportunities in the visual arts. Learn all about how to begin creating, preserving and documenting an art portfolio; career opportunities and internships; transfer opportunities; career options; student services; study skills including time management, research, writing, note and test taking, and presentation skills.

Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
September through December 7, 2023 (1-credit class)

Room 129 Poughkeepsie High School, 70 Forbus Street, Poughkeepsie NY 12601.

ArtsBridge, The Art Effect’s college preparatory program for first-generation youth, addresses how to begin creating, preserving, and documenting an art portfolio; career opportunities and internships in the arts; and study skills including time management, research, writing, note and test taking, and presentation skills. With an equity focus, the course also provides SAT prep, one-on-one mentorship, assistance applying for financial and merit-based scholarships, and support applying to colleges and negotiating financial offers. The Art Effect’s partnership with Dutchess Community College allows those youth enrolled in ArtsBridge to earn an introductory visual art seminar college credit focused on academic and career opportunities in the visual arts. Across all of its programs, high school seniors at The Art Effect were offered nearly $1.4 million in scholarships in 2022 to attend colleges or universities.

The Art Effect Celebrates the Class of 2023!

This spring, twenty-nine seniors are graduating across The Art Effect’s programs and continuing their artistic journeys in college or career. Their achievements in the studio, the gallery, the classroom, and beyond are worth celebrating. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish next.

Not pictured: Nastajia Epps (MVP After School Program), Myelle-Sanai Johnson (MVP After School Program), Jose Marrero (MVP After School Program), Deavin Moore (MVP After School Program), Dayiana Moore (MVP After School Program), Nicholas Regini (Art Institute), Melanie Rodriguez-Velasco (MADLab), Janelle Smith (MADLab)

Samuel Bates

Art Institute

Janae Brown

ArtsBridge, National Art Honor Society

Caleb Clark

Spark Studios

Celia Drury

Art Institute, Senior Project

Shawn Elliott

Spark Studios

Katia Estrada

ArtsBridge, Senior Project, National Art Honor Society

Dalya Hanel Sheshany

Art Institute, National Art Honor Society

Self Portrait, 2020

Gabriel Kladakis

ArtsBridge, National Art Honor Society, Trolley Barn Curatorial Team

Greta Laubscher

Art Institute

Memorial, 2021

Leroy Manrique

ArtsBridge, Trolley Barn Curatorial Team, MADLab

Tracy Ortega

MADLab, National Art Honor Society

Davaine Reid


Soledad Antonio Santizo


Fiona Shanahan

Art Institute, Senior Project

Kisheema Spencer


Jason Umanzor Perez

MADLab, ArtsBridge

Sheila Pinacho-Cruz


Jonathan Jerez

Spark Studios

The Contemplation, 2021

Grayson Weyant

Spark Studios

New Sunset, 2021

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

Register For Spring Courses

The Art Effect to Receive $20,000 Grant

From the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Art Effect has been approved for a $20,000 award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the Art Institute, with a special focus on ArtsBridge, a new program within the Art Institute (piloted for 2 years under the name MAAP). ArtsBridge will engage underserved Poughkeepsie youth in the arts to provide them with training, support, and mentorship to help them succeed in higher education. The Art Effect’s project is among 1,073 projects across America totaling nearly $25 million that were selected during this first round of fiscal year 2021 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects funding category.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support this project from The Art Effect,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “The Art Effect is among the arts organizations across the country that have demonstrated creativity, excellence, and resilience during this very challenging year.”

The Art Institute, a year-long portfolio development and college preparatory program, engages over 200 youth ages 14-19 each year. The Art Effect helps students develop their ideas and master skills in both visual and media arts preparing them for their future college and career paths in the arts.

“Since 2000, our graduates have been offered over $50 million in merit-based scholarships to the nation’s leading colleges, universities, and art schools”. Says Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, Executive Director. “Students in our most advanced programs created 153 portfolios this year and thanks to the support of our funders, sponsors, and community we have been able to provide $17,899.50 in financial assistance scholarships to low-income students, increasing access to arts education in our community.”

Responding to the need to interrupt the cycle of poverty and educational inequities in Poughkeepsie, ArtsBridge establishes a pathway for students to higher education through the arts. With the generous support of the NEA grant funding and other supporters, ArtsBridge will implement a comprehensive program in 2021. Participants will gain advanced artistic preparatory and portfolio development skills though the Art Institute as well as college readiness training, and emotional support through individual mentorship with a focus being on college scholarships and matriculation. This spring will also feature guest artists, exposing youth to a variety of college and career fields.

While programs at The Art Effect took a significant hit due to the pandemic last year, with lots of time, talent, hard work, and creative thinking we continue to offer high-quality arts and college prep courses for young people throughout the Hudson Valley. Spring and summer classes are planned for in-person instruction beginning this month. Click here for more information on courses.

For more information on projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit

Apply to ArtsBridge: Spring 2022

2022 Application – Apply Here