Reel Expressions

Celebrating its fifth year, the Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival features youth-produced films – narrative, animation, experimental and documentary – from the Hudson Valley and around the world. Reel Expressions takes place on Friday, November 10 from 5:00 – 7:30 pm at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market …

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New Merit-Based Scholarships

The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft + Spark Media Project is partnering with prestigious arts colleges to provide merit scholarships to local students. The Poughkeepsie organization, which provides advanced arts and media education to youth ages 14-19, is announcing two new scholarships which will offer graduates merit-based awards to …

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Media Magic: The Art of YouTube

Media Magic is our after-school workforce development program where students earn a stipend, while learning about the process of making media in various mediums and collaborate on their very own short films! Media Magic offers youth a unique opportunity to develop advanced media skills and improve media literacy, all while …

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More Than 100 Awards at Scholastic Competition

Students at Mill Street Loft’s Art Institute Take Home More Than 100 Awards at Scholastic Competition Top winners will proceed to a national competition, others showcase work at SUNY New Paltz Mill Street Loft is proud to announce that students of the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft received more …

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Honorees Work Together

Children’s Book Illustrator Visits Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie Illustrator/Author David Soman and the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie — who are Mill Street Loft’s 2017 “Friends of the Arts” honorees — came together to uplift local children in need. Children’s book author/illustrator David Soman brought copies of his books to the …

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What’s Ahead?

As we come to the close of another year, we are excited by the changes and opportunities ahead for Mill Street Loft. We have new exciting classes, modifications to the summer programs and camps, a brand new studio facility opening and additions in our amazing staff. Of course the biggest …

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Holiday Wishes

Dear Friends of Mill Street Loft, As we come to the close of 2016, I look back on a year of successful programming and collaborations with our community partners. Over the years, I have seen Mill Street Loft grow from a local grass-roots agency into a flourishing, internationally recognized, multi-arts …

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Spark Media Project to Merge with Mill Street Loft

Two flagship agencies joining to form a premier arts and media educational organization. Two of the Hudson Valley’s leading arts organizations, Mill Street Loft and Spark Media Project, have announced plans to merge, beginning with a transitional affiliation that starts on January 1, 2017. Effective January 1, Spark Media Project …

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Habilidad Explores Black Creek Preserve

Habilidad, one of the core programs in MSL Arts collection of Power Up programs for Poughkeepsie youth, provides academic enrichment, career exploration  and supports the development of life skills. Students recently traveled to Black Creek Preserve. Hiking at Black Creek Preserve gave the students a chance to get in touch …

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A Thanksgiving Message from our Executive Director

During this week of gratitude, I reflect on the past 35 years of Mill Street Loft and the wonderful people, partners and community members who have joined us in supporting the arts and education. Together, we have made a difference in the lives of thousands of children and families throughout …

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