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.

  • Hiromi Niizeki

    Hiromi is an installation artist who loves working with children. She has taught visual arts to children for 30 years in Tokyo, Japan and New York. Hiromi has taught at wide variety of art institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum, and The Children’s Museum of the Arts. Hiromi has taught visual arts at NYC Public schools in both general education and special education classes with visual impairment, Autism Spectrum, multiple disabilities students. She is a TATI graduate, where she learned new ways to reach students in the Autism Spectrum. Hiromi has been selected to participate at EASE, a federally-funded professional development program. As a New York based installation artist, Hiromi has exhibited her work both domestically and internationally at many prominent art  institutions such as: The National Museum of Art in Johannesburg, South Africa, Highways Performance and Arts, Los Angels, California, Memorial Art Gallery at The University of Rochester, Rochester NY, The Clocktower Gallery in New York, La Foret Museum in Harajuku, Tokyo. Hiromi studied Painting and Art Education at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 1998.

  • 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.
  • Iviva Olenick

    Iviva Olenick is a Brooklyn-born and based visual artist and educator. Her practice intersects textiles, poetry, and a reconsideration of historical texts and oral narratives specific to textile labor in relation to race, gender and socioeconomics. Iviva’s work has been exhibited at the Center for Book Arts, NYC; the Wyckoff House Museum, Brooklyn; the Old Stone House, Brooklyn; the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, NYC; the Museum of Design Atlanta, Atlanta, GA; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. Iviva’s work is in the Schwartz Art Collection of the Harvard Business School; the Center for Book Arts, NYC; Washington University Library; Newark Public Library; and the Brooklyn Museum Library.

    As an educator, Iviva works with K–12 students in public and private schools in NYC; teens, adults and seniors through the New Museum and as Artist in Residence at the Wyckoff House Museum, Brooklyn. Additionally, Iviva is a faculty member of the MFA Art Practice program of the School of Visual Arts.

    Iviva brings techniques from her art practice into the classroom (most recently natural dyeing and textile plant propagation). Similarly, her artwork is influenced by her students’ academic curricula and questions.