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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

Spring Workforce Intensives

The Art Effect’s 2022 Spring Break Intensives are open to students age 14-19 who live in Dutchess County.

Monday – Friday, April 11-15, 12-5pm
Trip April 11 to NYC to visit the artists’ studios of BoogieRez.

Students can choose from one of these exciting programs:

In the Public Art & Design Intensive, youth will will work with guest artists BoogieRez to create elements of public art installation to be unveiled at this fall’s PKX: Wonderland Festival, as well as original public art sculpture designs.

In the Video Production & Editing Intensive, youth will learn to produce short documentary films, from producing and capturing “fly on the wall” footage to learning the ins and outs of editing with Adobe Premiere Pro.

Youth who successfully complete an intensive will earn a $100 stipend.

In The News: The Art Effect Unveils Social Justice Sculptures

A series of “Place Making” sculptures built and designed by The Art Effect’s MADLab (Media And Design Lab) youth workforce students under the direction of The Art Effect to cultivate a sculpture memorial garden to symbolize the scales of justice, a tree for growth, and a stronger queen city. Each piece is installed amongst plants and adorned with imagery alluding to Poughkeepsie, personalized statements for strength, harmony, and racial injustice. The memorial garden was inspired in part as a tribute to Maurice Gordon, a Poughkeepsie resident. The planter sculptures are intended to spark conversation and stand in solidarity with the  Black Lives Matter Movement. The sculptures are partially funded by Arts Mid-Hudson and Hudson River Housing, with plants donated by the “I am Citizen” Project.  

Apply to MADLab

Applications are open for our Spring Workforce programs!

MADLab (Media, Art, & Design Lab) is an artistic creation and arts-career training program for youth interested in building their skills through learning:
•Visual art and graphic design
•Social media marketing
•Public art project management

Earn while you learn – Youth who complete MADLab receive a $150 stipend!

Application Deadline: February 4, 2022

How Art Can Battle Pollution

Check out this awesome, short video produced by our MADLab (Media/Art/Design Lab) students! These PSAs (public service announcements) are part of the community-led initiative to clean up the Fall Kill Creek in downtown Poughkeepsie. Students engaged in the summer MADLab program will design and install public art installations, organize litter clean up days, and create anti-littering education materials, such as these PSAs. Watch the video, then take a 6-question survey below the video!
Please take this 6-question survey based on the video above! By completing this survey, you are helping us fulfill grant requirements necessary to run our MADLab programs. Thank you!
Thank you for taking our survey! Enjoyed the videos? Head over to MADLab to learn more about this “earn as you learn” program. Programs provided by this agency are partially funded by monies received from Dutchess County and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the State of New York. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rochester Institute of Technology and its NYS Pollution Prevention Institute or New York State.