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.
Marquis Studios administrative staff is comprised of thirteen employees with occasional help from interns and volunteers.
Janae Hijaz Edwards graduated from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill in 2011 with a degree in International Studies and Studio Art. From there, she conducted research in Venezuela on arts and cultural heritage which sparked her interest in supporting creative expression in local communities. Since then, she has had the pleasure of working as an arts and literature professor in Colombia, and returning to New York to gain experience across the arts industry. Recently, Janae worked as Residency Programs Coordinator at Studio in a School, an experience which inspired her to want to work more closely with teaching artists in NYC. She also had the pleasure of working in Gallery Partnerships and Sales at Artsy. With a diverse professional background, Janae’s passion for the arts, education, and community building has taken her around the world. Janae hopes to bring all of her professional experiences into her work at Marquis Studios, and is thrilled to be joining our team as an Arts Partnership Manager.
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.
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.