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 employs 90 professional teaching artists whom specialize in a variety of disciplines. If you are interested in becoming a Teaching Artist visit our careers page.

  • Sari Nordman

    Sari Nordman is a dancer-choreographer, video artist and dance teacher. She loves to travel to the isolated parts of the world and her artistic work is often in relationship to nature. She has presented her choreography in the US and her native Finland, and has enjoyed artist residencies nationally and internationally. She has performed with choreographer Dean Moss in several of his projects since 2009 and holds a M.F.A. from NYU/Tisch Dance Department.
  • Anne Pasqual

    Ms. Pasquale is a member of the Actors Studio who trained at the London Academy of the Dramatic Arts and New York University as an Actress and Playwright. She is committed to performing, creating, and discovering theatrical works of universal merit for students ages K-12 across the curriculum. She is delighted to be part of Marquis Studios and share her love of theater with students.

  • Janice Patrignani

    Janice Patrignani is a design professional, visual artist, and art educator. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, and Art. She received her K-12 New York State Art Teaching Certification in 1994 from the Bank Street College of Education/Parsons School of Design. Since 1995 she has been developing and teaching workshops that she customizes to fit with school curriculum needs in any one of her many areas of media expertise which include: watercolor, acrylic, and silk painting; fiber arts; bookmaking; paper transformations, and ceramic sculpture. Her goal as an arts educator is to encourage self-esteem in her students by giving them a means of expression for their unique way of seeing the world. Trained in Dr. Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence’s Theory her workshops provide an environment that celebrates each child’s individual strengths, a place where children are inspired to explore, discover, and learn. Janice has received several grants for both her arts in education programs and for her mixed media and ceramic sculpture, which has been exhibited throughout the Tri-state area. She has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2012.