Marquis Studios is a 39‐year‐old nonprofit organization providing arts education services to more than 130 New York City public schools. We serve diverse populations. 80% of program participants live at or below the poverty line, and as the Kennedy Center VSA NYC Affiliate organization, more than half of our grant-funded programs serve students with disabilities. We offer a full spectrum of residencies which encourages student exploration of visual arts, theater, music, dance, architecture, circus arts and puppetry. Our goal is to develop a passion for creative learning in each and every child allowing students to reach their full potential.
According to the Center for Arts Education at least 268 schools have no licensed arts specialists.
Nearly 4 million elementary school students receive no arts education.
In NYC public schools there is 1 music teacher for every 1,154 students.
33% of Marquis Studios programs serve students with disabilities.
77% of teachers report that students developed new skills in the arts after a Marquis Studios residency.
Since 1977 Marquis has worked with over 380,00 students, 24,500 teachers and 15,000 parents.
In NYC public schools there is 1 theater teacher for every 7,185 students.
71% of teachers report that students became more expressive after a Marquis Studios residency.
In NYC public schools there is 1 dance teacher for every 6,626 students.
In NYC public schools there is 1 visual arts teacher for every 836 students.
According to the DOE 80% of Marquis programming serves students living at or below the poverty line.
“Thank you for the work you and the artists do at our schools. Our partnership with Marquis Studios and VSA is truly making a difference in the lives of our students and their families.”Barbara Joseph, Deputy Superintendent District 75
“As the parent of triplets with autism, every day that my girls learn something is a great victory for them and for me. The arts programming from Marquis Studios gives them the ability to express a side of themselves that has opened my eyes to see past their struggles-‐to see what talented young girls they have become.”Parent, Public School 37
“Our students, who have autism and multiple disabilities, have benefited tremendously from the arts residencies. In addition to providing opportunities for self-expression and raising self-esteem, participation in the arts has increased their academic skills (e.g. attention to task, following directions, color, shape recognition) fine/gross motor skills and communication/social skills.”Principal, NYC Public School
“The architecture and design program was a great program that allowed the students to open up their mind and imagination to create designs that represent them. It was a judgment free place where the students were able to take risks, make mistakes and explore without the fear of consequences. They were able to enrich their vocabulary and use that vocabulary in their writing and oral explanations.”Teacher, PS 114
“This program has confirmed, again, that arts are crucial component to students’ development. Kids who struggle in academic areas get to shine in the arts, and see that persistence makes a difference…”Teacher, PS 170x
“You have built a real family of students, parents, Teaching Artists – and the art on display shows all the enthusiasm and appreciation you wish for in our young learners.”Bobye List, Executive Director, Kornfeld Foundation
“I love how Marquis Studios supports our curriculum.”Principal, PS 45R
“The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.”William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education