Marquis Studios is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing arts-­in­‐education services to 170 New York City public schools annually. We strive to develop a strong partnership between artists and teachers by providing arts programs to supplement traditional classroom teaching techniques. Each residency or workshop focuses on a specific visual or performing arts discipline selected by school staff and administration.

Founded in 1977, Marquis Studios has served over 500,000 students, 28,000 teachers and 18,000 parents at schools throughout New York City. Working with a diverse population, 80% of programs serve students living at or below the poverty line with over 50% of all grant-funded programming serving classrooms containing with disabilities.

Marquis Studios Offers:

  • Programming consisting of ten-week arts residencies taught by our staff of trained teaching artists.
  • A full spectrum of arts residencies that encourage student exploration of visual arts, theatre, music, dance architecture, circus arts and puppetry.
  • Custom designed programs to meet the educational goals set by the school through collaboration with Marquis Studios and classroom teachers.
  • Programs that address New York State Learning Standards, both in the arts and academic areas.
  • Professional development for classroom teachers to provide arts education techniques and concepts that can be brought back to the classroom.
  • Parent/Child Workshops that help parents understand the connection between arts and academics while providing a fun, hands­‐on experience parents and children can share.


Marquis Studios thanks our Board of Directors for their ongoing support and guidance, without which we could not fulfill our mission of bringing arts education to all of New York City’s children.

  • Ricardo Rodriguez

    Board Treasurer

    Ricardo A. Rodriguez joined Marquis Studios in 2012. He is a Senior Associate at Gensler Architecture Design & Planning in New York, serving as a Project Manager involved in every phase of a project from pre‐design to completion. He uses his substantial design/detailing abilities and strong technical background to lead his teams. Rick’s responsibilities include the financial well being of the projects, coordination of the team and consultants, daily contact with the client, and management of the day-to-day construction. He joined the firm in 1997, having already worked on multiple interior construction and renovations for Financial Institutions, high-end residential renovations, legal and medical office spaces, and commercial office space renovations. Rick has served at various schools as a guest design critic. He is a Columbia University alumni, holds a License to practice Architecture in NY and NJ, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He is product of the NYC public school system, is married and resides in Brooklyn with two NYC public school educated boys.

  • Jessica Smith

    Board Chair

    Jessica Smith is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Roosevelt Management Company LLC, a private-equity investment management company. Throughout her education and career, Jess has dedicated time to working with special abilities and at-risk children, beginning in with her childhood in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine where her family served as a foster home for special abilities children, and continuing through high school where she served as a mentor to participants in the LifeJackets Program, as well as the spin-off GROWS Program through Womancare, a local domestic violence prevention project. Her prior career experience includes work for the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, representation of families and children in both MA and NY family courts, criminal and juvenile delinquency defense, and advisory consulting on criminal justice initiatives. Jess holds a bachelor’s degree in both American Political Systems and Psychological and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth College, as well as a juris doctor from Boston University School of Law. In her spare time, Jess enjoys developing creative dessert recipes, training for marathons and half marathons, and interviewing applicants to Dartmouth College as an Alumni Interviewer.

  • Amy Kantrowitz

    Advisory Board

    Amy Kantrowitz has two decades of NYC nonprofit experience in a range of management, program, and fund and organizational development roles. Amy has worked with some of NYC’s leading education and youth development organizations, most recently as COO of Free Arts NYC. In addition to her nonprofit work, she has produced nationally recognized food and film festivals. Amy has also served on several nonprofit boards for NYC youth organizations.