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.

  • Erica Rooney

    Erica Rooney is a visual artist and poet; explorations and pleasures of the material world – everything from beetles, lapis lazuli and dust to shards of rusted metal – drive both her poetry and her art. Her work with teachers and students as a Master Teaching Artist and licensed Creative Arts Therapist infuses her pedagogical philosophy with practical wisdom and innovative vision. She is a Curriculum Designer/Writer, Professional Development Facilitator and Coach. She has worked with all ages and in varied settings: Montessori, HeadStart, public and private schools, colleges, private practice and family work. She currently works with Marquis Studios as a Master Teaching Artist and mentor in TATI, the Teaching Artist Training Institute. She is also a Co-Curriculum Writer and Lead Teaching Artist in the EASE program, Everyday Arts for Special Education. Both of these programs provide both Professional Development for teachers as well as in-class implementation of the methodologies and principles demonstrated in the PD workshops. Erica is a founding member of The Arts in Special Ed Consortium (ASEC). Erica has an MFA in Poetry from Cornell University and an MPS in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute. She has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2005.

  • Ciara Ruddock

    Ciara Ruddock is a contemporary artist earning her MFA specializing in oil painting from the Marchutz School in France. Her primary interest lies in abstraction and gestural expression. Ciara is passionate about inclusive art education and has worked with various special needs programs around the country. She has also spent time teaching in France and works additionally as a teaching artist at the Children’s Museum of Fine Art New York.

  • Ana Ruiz-Castillo

    Ana is a visual artist with a background in sculpture and painting. For the past 15 years she has combined her artistic career with the arts education all through out the city primarily to underserved and special needs students. Native from Spain, Ana taught a variety of media at Harlem School of the Arts where she was the Director of Visual Arts Department for 3 years. Ana served as a panelist for the Brooklyn Arts Council twice, Apex-art and Harlem Arts Alliance. Recent shows include University of Bridgeport (CT), Biennal Latinoamericana del Bronx, Lincoln Hospital and the Queens Museum of Art. Through the arts, Ana engages her students in projects related to social justice and the environment as a way of raising awareness among youngsters.  She firmly believes that exposing children to the arts is crucial in their development as productive, creative happy human beings.