Access to Expression, Arts, and Culture

Access to Expression, Arts, and Culture


The Art Effect empowers young people to develop their creative voice to shape their futures and bring about positive social change. The Art Effect helps youth explore, experience, and excel in the arts, introducing them to visual arts and media, giving them the opportunity to develop real skills in these fields, and guiding them towards achieving their academic and career goals.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

  • Marketing/Communications
  • Film Production
  • Social Media
  • Gallery Intern
  • Workforce Programs
  • Art Institute
  • Administrative and organizational support – answering phones, email follow ups, document filing and cataloguing
  • Curatorial Assistant – art handling, art cataloguing, communicating with artists and partners, gallery sitting and gallery tours, placing supply orders, running gallery and event related errands

Hours:  Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with The Art Effect? Visit here for your next steps.


The mission of Arts Mid-Hudson is to provide vision and leadership to support thriving and diverse arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

  • Graphic Design
  • Marketing
  • Development
  • Arts Administration
  • Grants & Funding
  • Arts Education
  • Folk Arts
  • Gallery Programs

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with Arts Mid-Hudson? Visit here for your next steps.


Locust Grove Estate is a not-for-profit museum, education center, and nature preserve. Set on a hill overlooking the scenic Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York the not-for-profit Locust Grove Estate includes a historic Italianate mansion open for tours, 200 acres of landscaped grounds with five miles of hiking trails, and a visitor welcome center with art galleries, museum shop, and classrooms for educational programs.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

  • Students interested in museum collections, history, and material culture are invited to work with the Locust Grove Estate collections and create mini virtual exhibits to improve access to collections not regularly on view to the public. Examples include ceramics, textiles, glass, silver, and paintings.

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with the Locust Grove Estate? Visit here for your next steps.


Founded in 2000, the Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that nurtures and supports emerging and established filmmakers, sharing their creative voices through an annual festival and year-round programming to promote culture, diversity, community, educational opportunities and economic growth. WFF provides innovative mentoring and inspired educational programs benefitting filmmakers, students and diverse audiences, while serving as a powerful cultural and economic engine for New York’s Hudson Valley and beyond. Such efforts have consistently resulted in the festival being hailed as one of the top regional film festivals worldwide. The Woodstock Film Festival is an Oscar®-qualifying festival in the short film categories – Live Action Short Film, Animated Short Film, and Documentary Short Film.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

  • Departments include but are not limited to: Operations, Public Relations and Marketing, Festival Administration, Programming, Graphic Design, Photography, and Production.
  • Responsibilities may include: database management, film entry screening evaluations, fundraising, public relations, social media, copyediting, community outreach, industry research, production coordination, event planning, and equipment optimizing/organization.
  • The position will be custom tailored depending on the intern’s individual experience and skills. Applicants with extensive knowledge of relevant software systems will be able to expand upon their experience. Programs include Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Canva, Squarespace, Lightroom, monday.com, Google Drive, and more.
  • Students will work scheduled hours at the festival’s year-round office in Woodstock, on-site for special events and during festival operations, or partially remotely. Ideal internship experiences are between 120-160 hours.
  • Students learn administrative practices, management skills, and fundraising strategies associated with the film, media arts industry, and the running of an educational, not-for-profit 501c3 organization.

The Woodstock Film Festival is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and strongly encourages women, persons of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community to apply.

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with the Woodstock Film Festival? Visit here for your next steps.


Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, is a non-profit (501(C)(3) organization serving the Hudson Valley, but primarily Dutchess and Ulster Counties. They bring professional classical music to the Hudson Valley at affordable prices. The orchestra regularly features internationally acclaimed guest artists and talented dance ensembles. NDSO is committed to presenting inspiring, accessible and affordable performing arts experiences to a diverse community, including families with children. We attract an audience of lovers of the arts and history as well as actively encourage and support those that have difficulty attending to have the opportunity.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

  • Assist the Board of Directors to accomplish our goals. We very recently invested in growth with a new multi-disciplinary strategy program.
  • Attending events and Board meetings
  • Stage production/ management
  • Lobby operations
  • Development and fund raising
  • Governance
  • Marketing/Analytics
  • Advertising
  • Community engagement
  • Social media /website administration
  • Post event debrief/surveying
  • Finance
  • Technology and document management
  •  Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Robert’s Rules of Order and the conducting of Board of Director meetings

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra? Visit here for your next steps.