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.

  • Frances Perrone

    Frances Perrone, Frances holds a BS in Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz with a concentration in ceramics and art education. Throughout her 20 year career in the arts, she has focused on creating and implementing arts programs, events and collaborations, working with organizations including the Museum of Arts and Design, Urban Glass, Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS), The Creative Center for People with Cancer, Elder Craftsmen and Independence Care System (ICS).  Frances currently teaches a variety of art classes to disabled adults at Independence Care System (ICS).

  • Michael R. Piazza

    Michael is an actor and director with a degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  He has taught professional acting technique as a faculty member at the Atlantic Acting School and an adjunct professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.  He is also proud teaching artist, teaching theater and improvisation in all five boroughs through a number of organizations since 2004.  He is passionate about bringing the arts to students with all abilities.  As an actor and director he has worked with Woodshed Collective, the Atlantic, as well as regionally in Washington DC.

  • Jess Poplawski

    Jess Poplawski is a mixed media visual artist, musician, printmaker, muralist, and youth educator. She received a BFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in printmaking from Pratt Institute in 2009, and she has been the owner-operator of the small screenprinting press Empress Printing in Brooklyn since 2012. As a Teaching Artist, Jess has worked with Groundswell, Voices Unbroken, Free Arts NYC prior to joining Marquis Studios. She has a decade of experience in community-based collaborative projects in the visual arts and writing across NYC that have inspired a passion for oral history and messy organic storytelling. In the studio, Jess creates mixed media drawings and paintings in the world of the surreal, the sci-fi, the femme-freaky, the darkly utopian, and the radically hopeful. She is a bassist and vocalist who regularly plays locally, and has been touring nationally and internationally for the last 8 years with various bands and projects. Jess is also one half of EQ, a podcast exploring the highs, lows and dark corners of emotional intelligence and emotional literacy.