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 administrative staff is comprised of twelve employees with occasional help from interns and volunteers.

  • Amoy Mclean

    Director of Programming

    Amoy Mclean is ecstatic to be a member of the Marquis Studios team and brings with her several years of experience in the Arts, Education,Non-Profit and Management fields. Born on the beautiful Island of Jamaica she studied at the University of the West Indies where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts and accredits her love for the arts to her high school years. Acting on her commitment to the non-profit sector she has worked with several organizations on projects targeting youth and community development. Amoy strongly believes in the transformative power of education and developing diverse learning agendas that enables students to successfully achieve their goals. Staying true to her passion for empowering children to see beyond their circumstances and live the creative and colorful lives they envision makes Marquis Studios the perfect professional home for her. Striving to live a fearless and fulfilling life she embraces new experiences and enjoys reading, travelling and writing.


  • Katy Patil

    Arts Partnership Manager

    Katy is thrilled to be working with the Marquis Studios team to encourage artistic exploration in classrooms throughout New York City. She received a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Urban Studies from Fordham University, which led to her passion for expanding accessibility to the arts. Prior to joining Marquis Studios, she worked for six years in the education department at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, serving diverse communities of students, teenagers, and families. Katy is honored to bring her experience in and dedication to arts education to support Marquis Studio’s thriving partnerships between artists and teachers.


  • Vanessa Penberg

    Arts Partnership Manager

    Vanessa is thrilled to be joining Marquis Studios as one of the Arts Partnership Managers. She has spent ten years providing early childhood and parenting education programs for families across Central Brooklyn that promoted healthy child development and prepared the families for school. Through a longtime collaboration with Cool Culture, she has advocated for more equitable access to arts education and cultural resources. To that end, she partnered with several museums and cultural institutions to expand their family engagement programming, provide workshops on art-making and cultural heritage, and consider how to better represent historically marginalized communities. She graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in English and Art History and received her Masters in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Vanessa was raised in New York City and she enjoys taking advantage of all of the arts resources the city offers, playing guitar, and traveling.