ABOUT US

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.

OUR TEACHING ARTISTS

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.

  • Kimberly Becoat

    Kimberly M. Becoat is a contemporary mixed media artist whose work is a stylistic abstraction with a conceptual investigation of new materials and visual experiences with social commentary. She uses a variety of art materials including acrylic paint, sumi ink, and watercolor as well as less conventional items like sand, tar paper, foil, candy wrappers and other detritus. Her most recent abstract & conceptual work is an investigation of urban environments meant to create “urban displacement”, such as in public housing – aimed to surgically remove “massive amounts of Blacks and Latinos” into designated forgotten pockets of city landscapes. Kimberly has been featured in a number of exhibits including her most recent solo exhibition, Welcome to Urbania at RUSH Arts Gallery NY, and her solo exhibit, New Abstractions at Essie Green Galleries, Capital One Bank in NY, BAMart at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, MoCADA Museum, (The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, the Deutsche Bank as well as the television shows, Netflix Original Series “Luke Cage” and the FX series, The Americans. A few other exhibitions include: Dadaesque, 701 CCA Gallery (Columbia, South Carolina), Respond, SMACK Mellon Gallery, (Brooklyn, NY) Honoring Romare Bearden, The Corridor Gallery (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Crown Heights Gold, Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, and Dirty Sensibilities: A 21st Century Exploration of the New American Black South, at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York, NY Kimberly is a native New Yorker, born in Harlem NY – and presently resides and works as an artist in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Chris Bell

    Chris Bell is originally from San Antonio, Texas. He attended Case Western Reserve University with the help of a fully funded graduate fellowship, earning a MFA in Contemporary Dance. He completed his undergraduate work at Texas Christian University and Lamar University earning degrees in Dance and Geology. He is currently choreographic and directorial assistant to Mark Dendy as well as a member of Mark Dendy Projects, serves as Rehearsal Director and Guest Artist for Gaspard&Dancers and performs with Eryc Taylor Dance. He was the resident choreographer for the American Theater of Harlem, has created pieces for the Collegiate Churches of New York and The Mather Dance Collective which brought people aged 8-80 of various skill level and socioeconomic status together to create and perform new dances. In addition to performing and choreographing he has taught for Pascal Rioult Dance NY, DanceNow/NYC, and TADA! Youth Theaters.

  • Kate Bell

    Kate Bell is a writer, theater maker, singer/songwriter, and teaching artist. She believes that creative practice is for everyone and that art-making can be a powerful tool to increase self-empowerment, healthy living, and positive social change. Kate’s plays have been produced or developed in New York at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival at HERE Arts Center, Park Avenue Armory (through an Education Department Space Grant), Culture Project, Theater for the New City, Red Fern Theatre Company, Sanguine Theater Company, Naked Angels Tuesdays @ 9, New Perspectives Theatre, Manhattan Theater Source, Gallery Players, Theatre for the New Economy, Random Access Theatre, and at Baruch College (with Committed Theatre), as well as in the Washington D.C. Area by Silver Spring Stage, and in the Appalachian Play Festival at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA. Past honors include the Audience Award at the 2015 DUTF and two Hopwood Awards at the University of Michigan, where Kate earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Her plays have been published on Indie Theater Now and in The Book of Estrogenius; Kate has also collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, as a storywriter for their Very Young People’s Concerts. She founded the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy Theater Ensemble in 2005, and directed nineteen productions there during her nine-year tenure. As a musician, Kate currently plays bass and sings for the Brooklyn-based rock band, The Reverse Engineers. Kate’s been a Teaching Artist in New York City since 2004, working in public schools, senior centers, libraries, and youth incarceration facilities.