ABOUT US

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:

  • Core curriculum 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.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Marquis Studios administrative staff is comprised of thirteen employees with occasional help from interns and volunteers.

  • Candice Iloh

    Professional Development Specialist

    Candice Iloh is a first-generation Nigerian-American writer, performer and teaching artist residing in Brooklyn, NY. As the Professional Development Specialist at Marquis Studios, Candice works to support teaching artists ability to facilitate the process of building genuine connection, safer community, and culturally responsive learning spaces for young people in the classroom. Her literary work has appeared in Fjords Review, The Grio, For Harriet, Blavity, No Dear Magazine, Glass Poetry Journal, Puerto Del Sol, and The Black Girl Magic Anthology by Haymarket Books. She is a recipient of fellowships from VONA, Lambda Literary, as well as a Rhode Island Writers Colony Writer-in-Residence alum.  She holds an MFA in Writing for Young People from Lesley University, where she completed her forthcoming young adult novel in verse. She is a 2018 Hi-ARTS Critical Breaks artist residency recipient where she debuted her first one-woman show, ADA: ON STAGE. When Candice isn’t teaching or writing, she dances.

    Candice.Iloh@MarquisStudios.org

  • Chris Forte

    Education Liaison

    Chris’ role is to work directly with each school’s staff to determine the optimal support that Marquis Studios can provide the school’s Art Education program. He had a successful business career over 32 years with Hallmark Cards 8 as the Regional Manager for the Eastern US. He led a field organization of over 1,000 people in a variety of roles and worked with senior management of major retailer such as Walgreens, CVS and Wal­mart Stores. He is a native New Yorker, born and raised in the Yankee Stadium neighborhood of the Bronx. He comes from an education‐based family with his Dad being a NYC Teacher/Guidance Counselor for 50 years and Mom an Art Teacher. As a rabid Baseball fan, he often dreams of roaming the outfield of Yankee Stadium with his hero Mickey Mantle. He and his wife Miyoko currently live in Bayside, Queens.

    Chris@marquisstudios.org

  • Laura Grotenstein

    Operations Manager

    Born and raised in New York City, Laura is passionate about making the arts accessible to everyone in her community. She attended Reed College in Portland, OR, where she received a B.A. in Art, with a concentration in sculpture and book arts. She used her time at Reed to explore the different ways art can be used to influence social change. Since graduating, Laura has worked with a number of organizations throughout the city, which has given her firsthand experience in the positive effects of the arts. She first joined Marquis Studios as an intern in 2015, and is excited to continue making an impact as part of the team. 

    laura@marquisstudios.org