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Reel Exposure Photo Exhibition up at the Trolley Barn

Snag a digital program to learn more about all the amazing work in the festival!

Visit to see the winning pieces and juried show in person or check out our virtual gallery and screenings below to watch the show online.

Reel Exposure Winners

First Place: “Audiophile” Risa Darlington-Horta
Second Place: “Frozen Over” Aaliyah Loverso
Third Place: “684” Andres Perez
Audience Choice Award: “Frozen Over” Aaliyah Loverso

First Place: Think Like A Filmmaker — by Eli Berliner
Second Place: Beth — by Ava Bounds
Third Place: Take heart! — by Lillith Jörg
Audience Choice Award: Cry About It – by Amani Jamal

Boyan Chen - Untitled, Reel Exposure Selection

Reel Exposure Opening Reception – Wednesday, May 4
@ The Trolley Barn Gallery, 5-7pm

Join us in person at 489 Main Street in Poughkeepsie for the first night of Reel Exposure. Kicking off with an opening reception for the photography exhibition side of Reel Exposure, we’ll celebrate live while live-streaming parts the event on Facebook and YouTube as well. The photography exhibition will remain on display in the gallery through June 19 and there is also a virtual gallery component for anyone who isn’t able to come view the work in person. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from 2-5pm and Saturdays from 12-4pm at The Trolley Barn.

Short Films Screening – Thursday, May 5 @ 7pm
Online here and on Facebook Live & YouTube

The first night of Reel Exposure’s virtual film screenings. Watch along with us as we see a collection of films from the jury-selected short film showcase. Featuring:
Beth — by Ava Bounds
Eidolon — by Zev Marinoff
It’s Getting Bad Again — by Sarah Reyes
DON’T OPEN THAT BOX! — by Mason Jones
The Girl Who Cried Sick — by Ruby Taylor
She Can’t Control Herself — by WVN Productions

Short Films Screening, Q&A, and Awards Ceremony
Friday, May 6 @ 7pm
Online here and on Facebook Live & YouTube

Don’t miss the the final night of the Reel Exposure International Teen Film and Photo Festival featuring a final screening, an awards ceremony, and a Q&A with some of the filmmakers and photographers whose work was featured in Reel Exposure. Featuring:
Think Like A Filmmaker — by Eli Berliner
Cry About It — by Amani Jamal
Hook, Line, and Sinker — by Hudson Price
She— by Eva Li
Take heart! — by Lillith Jörg

Reel Exposure is supported in part by monies received from the New York State Council On The Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Vassar Brothers Institute Donor Advisor Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

New Location for Summer Art Institute

Poughkeepsie Day School – Kenyon House Location

Summer Art Institute (and Junior Art Institute) is coming to the beautiful Poughkeepsie Day School Campus!
Poughkeepsie Day School, 260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie 12603

The Summer Art Programs are designed to help develop students’ ideas and build skills in the visual and digital arts. Multi-week classes allow young artists ages 11-19 to develop a stunning portfolio this summer.

Summer Art Institute | Ages 14-19

The Summer Art Institute (SAI) is a pre-college art portfolio development program for motivated teens. SAI hosts several college visits throughout the summer, allowing students to talk with admissions representatives and get feedback on their portfolios.

Students may select one of three majors to focus on:

Drawing & Painting Major
Session 1: July 4 – July 22
Session 2: July 25 – August 12

Digital Art & Illustration Major
Session 1: July 4 – July 22
Session 2: July 25 – August 12

Advanced Drawing & Painting Major
Session 1: July 4 – July 22
Session 2: July 25 – August 12

Junior Art Institute | Ages 11-14

The Junior Art Institute (JAI) allows middle school students to take their love of art to the next level. Young artists explore a variety of mediums to help define their creative direction in preparation for more advanced instruction in high school and beyond.

Students may select one of two majors to focus on:

Fine Arts Major
Session 1: July 4 – July 15
Session 2: July 18 – July 29
Session 3: August 1 – August 12

Digital Arts Major
Session 1: July 4 – July 15
Session 2: July 18 – July 29
Session 3: August 1 – August 12

Spark Students Featured in Black Girlhood Exhibition

The Art Effect is proud to share that three of Spark Studios students are featured in the Picturing Black Girlhood: Moments of Possibility exhibition at Rutgers University from February 17 to July 2, 2022. Leila Zachary, Kalecia Douglas, and Olivia Barker-Duncan will be three of over eighty photographers and filmmakers featured in the exhibit.

Screenshot from Leila Zachary’s accepted video

Exhibition Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 12-5 pm, Thursday 12-8 pm, Saturday 12-5 pm. Admission is free.

The exhibition features over 150 works by Black women, girls, and genderqueer artists, ranging in age from 8 to 94, and focuses on exploring the common theme of Black girlhood. The exhibition will span across all three of the main exhibition floors of Express Newark at Rutgers University-Newark and put the work of Black girls alongside that of Black women, centering Black girls as the subjects, artists, and agents of their own lives. Learn more about the exhibition here.

“The Art Effect could not be more proud of the hard work and dedication of its students, teachers, and staff,” said Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, Executive Director at The Art Effect, “To be featured in such an incredible, transformative artistic experience goes to show the sheer amount of potential that our students harness. The Art Effect believes that art can truly impact not only the lives of its students, but also inspire positive social change by conveying to others the importance and power of art.”

Spark Studios allows students to hone their professional skills and gain real-world experiences to excel in film and media arts. Spark Studios goes beyond simple instruction by teaching students how to use art as a way to learn more about their past, their present, and their future. They learn how to take the experiences that have shaped them into who they are and transform them into impactful works. Leila Zachary, Kalecia Douglas, and Olivia Barker-Duncan are three great examples of how Spark Studios has helped teach students to embrace their histories and shape them into significant works. Learn more about Spark Studios here.

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The Art Effect to Receive $15,000 Grant

The Art Institute’s, Senior Project 2021

The Art Effect has been approved for a $15,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support The Art Institute. Funding for the Art Institute supports high school students in developing advanced artistic skills, producing high-quality college art portfolios, and establishing college readiness. The Art Effect is among 1,248 projects across America totaling $28,840,000 that were selected to receive this first round of fiscal year 2022 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects category.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like this one from The Art Effect that help support the community’s creative economy,” said NEA Acting Chair Ann Eilers. “The Art Effect in Poughkeepsie, NY is among the arts organizations nationwide that are using the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and providing access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through the arts.”

Hudson Valley Regional Portfolio Day, 2019

The Art Institute engages more than 150 youth each year and provides them with access and opportunity to pursue their professional goals, attend college, and receive scholarships. The Art Institute goes beyond arts instruction, says Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, Executive Director. “The student-centered, holistic program prioritizes personal and professional development. Classes are not only taught by professional artist educators with a rigorous curriculum that surpasses the New York State Standards of Art Education, but also provides mentorship, portfolio development support, exhibition and leadership opportunities, and access to college representatives to gain tools for success in college and career”. 

Life and Death by Ryan Garcia, Art Institute, 2021

Students participate in the Art Institute’s National Art Honor Society, The Art Effect’s Hudson Valley Regional Portfolio Week, and curate and display their work in public exhibitions such as “Teen Visions” and “Senior Project.” In addition, the Art Institute provides one-on-one mentoring to support students’ college applications and help students secure merit scholarships. Since 2000, Art Institute graduates have been offered over $60 million in scholarships. Learn more about the Art Institute, visit

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

Senior Project Virtual Gallery

Senior Project Students

Senior Project is the most rigorous course currently offered at the Art Institute, the capstone of The Art Effect’s portfolio development programming.

Modeled after a senior thesis college course, students work on a personal theme for 12 weeks with an artist/mentor in their chosen art medium. Students present a new work each week along with touch-ups made to the work from the previous week, completing the program with a strong body of work around a chosen theme. Mainly focusing on developing a cohesive body of work, how to prepare for an exhibition, and how the gallery viewer will interact with the work. The Senior Project exhibition is a celebration of the accomplishments of these young artists.

All works are on display at the Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn from December 17, 2021 – January 7, 2022.

Inquiries regarding the purchase of art works should email

About the Instructor:

Rick Price has an MFA from Savannah College of Art & Design, is the chair of the fine art department at the Harvey School, and has extensive teaching experience at Buck’s Rock in CT, mural painting in San Francisco and Beacon, illustration commissions, and has exhibited his fine art work nationwide.

Building Stronger Communities

The Art Effect Releases 2020 Annual Report and End of Year Campaign: Building Stronger Communities

POUGHKEEPSIE (November 18, 2021) – The Art Effect’s 2020 Annual Report gives the community a snapshot into The Art Effect’s diverse programming as well as the impact on the community over the last year. The report showcases how The Art Effect plays a crucial role supporting young people in developing art as a catalyst for change. Despite a global pandemic, The Art Effect continued to reach more than 8,500 individuals tackling a new landscape of virtual events and learning opportunities through a challenging but rewarding year. This year’s end of year campaign raises funds that go directly toward real-life opportunities for students to create art and media projects that serve an authentic purpose in our community.  “In times of great crisis the population has relied on art to increase morale. History has shown us that artists have led the wave of resilience that leads us to a stronger country. Art saves lives, now more than ever.” says Lamar Wint, Youth Producer at The Art Effect. The report defines “The Art Effect” through the eyes of young artists and demonstrates its significance through programmatic and financial outcomes, their pandemic response, and alumni successes. The organization was honored with the Dutchess County Executive Arts Award in Arts Education from Arts Mid-Hudson, but perhaps the most impressive accomplishments are the awards won by The Art Effect’s students. In 2020, over 75 Scholastic Art Awards and nearly $1 million in scholarships were awarded to young people at The Art Effect. Additionally, two of The Art Effect’s senior students received competitive grand prizes from the Congressional Art Competition. In 2020, over 8,500 individuals were directly served by the organization through programming and events that teaches artistic expression, personal growth, and empowering children to master their passions and prepare for personal and professional success. 100% of students in the Art Institute program graduated high school and were accepted into college with scholarship offers. Additionally, 325 high school students participated in Virtual Portfolio Week, 610 artworks were submitted and curated by youth for the organization’s inaugural international juried art show at the Trolley Barn Gallery, and The Art Effect employed 110 youth through workforce development programming. The Art Effect has never stopped helping students explore their passions and prepare them for their future. The Art Effect continues to build a stronger community by partnering with many impactful organizations here in the Hudson Valley to offer students paid training opportunities through workforce development programs including Spark Studios, Media, Arts, Design Lab (MADLab), Forge Media, and new programs in curation and gallery management as a result of The Art Effect’s affiliation with Barrett Arts Center. The Art Effect launches it’s end of the year campaign with a goal of raising $30,000 towards creating the partnerships and resources young people need to build real-world skills in their path toward academic and career success. Watch the video to hear directly from young people and community partners. ( See the full power of The Art Effect in their 2020 Annual Report, available HERE About The Art Effect: The Art Effect empowers youth to develop their creative voice to shape their futures and bring about positive social change. The organization facilitates educational programming for youth in the Hudson Valley to explore, experience and excel in the arts. Programs provide introductions to visual arts and media, giving participants the opportunity to develop real skills in these fields and guiding them towards achieving their academic and career goals. The Art Effect is anchored by the belief that the arts have the power to create a more vibrant, caring and sustainable world led by a generation of youth who value creative thinking, diverse voices and stronger connections between all people. ###

Help Us Reach $30,000!

Building Stronger Communities

This December, The Art Effect launches an annual campaign to raise $30,000! Every dollar will help prepare young people for academic and career success through workforce training, college visits, mentorship, and hands-on experience in visual/media arts. Building A Stronger Community — Watch the video below to learn more.

“As a representative of Celebrating the African Spirit, a new organization in the area, we knew we would need a logo for people to be able to recognize who we were. Youth in The Art Effect’s MADlab program developed an effective and gorgeous logo for us. Every time its seen in the community, they know that its Celebrating the African Spirit.” Carmen McGill 

We are determined, now more than ever, to empower young people to develop their creative voice to shape their futures and bring about positive social change through the arts.

Help us reach our goal!

Spring Classes

Register for Spring Programs

Visit our website to see the full schedule of courses for students of all ages and abilities in visual and media arts. And don’t forget, members receive a discount! Renew or become a member today.

This spring, study with professional instructors in a supportive environment where each student can develop their artistic skills and creative voice.

Explore classes in:

Drawing & Painting
Media Art & Video
Portfolio Development
& More!

Early bird pricing ends January 14.

New Classes This Session!

Art Inspirations
For ages 8-11
Create vibrant works in multiple media inspired by the world of the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz and beyond!

Portfolio in Digital Art
For ages 14-19
Create art for your digital portfolio including digital illustrations, photo-manipulations, character art, & animation.

Exploring Puppetry
For Ages 8-11
Design and create original puppet characters & bring them to life through mixed media art making and performance.

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Become a member today to access our best discounts yearlong – as well as other benefits, such as invitations to exclusive events.

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