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.

  • Nicole Christensen

    Nicole Christensen is a Brooklyn based visual artist with experience in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, collage, printmaking, and woodworking. She has worked as an artist with Marquis Studios since 2015 after receiving her BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Nicole has experience with students from PreK to 9th grade, including students with Special Needs and Autism.

  • Bassanio Clark

    Bassanio Clark is a passionate djembe and doundoun drum instructor for all ages and skill levels. He teaches at public and private schools, day cares, and cultural institutions in New York City. Bassanio’s holistic teaching method focuses on understanding the history and culture of West African and Caribbean drumming; developing technique; and mastering traditional rhythms. He is an established performer who contributes on an ongoing basis to multiple dance and drum ensembles. Bassanio is committed to preserving the music of the African Diaspora by sharing his love of drumming with others.

  • Fred Collins

    Fred Collins is a performer of vast experience in the art of Circus. He is a stilt walker, juggler, and trained clown. He has 14 years of experience teaching and is a member of the Bond Street Theater Coalition. His motto is “Comedy is concentration.” His performance group, Two Too Far, includes the study of clown cultures throughout the world including the use of clowns in Native American, African and European religious events. During his workshops, students keep journals reflecting their studies, thoughts, drawings, and ideas. They also develop physical coordination, self image, observation, and communication skills. His workshops can be teamed with a writing workshop where students write limericks and jokes to create an original clown comedy script to be performed.