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.

  • Sarah Ory

    Director of Development

    Sarah Ory began her career in arts education in 2002, and has experience with multiple nonprofits who work within the public school system. In addition to years of leadership positions in development, Sarah holds a BA in Studio Art, a MS in Nonprofit Management, and occasionally teaches graduate courses on nonprofit administration. She is the founder of the Heirloom Foundation, has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and as a Support Committee member for the Arts for All Abilities Consortium. Currently, Sarah combines her background in the arts with her experience in the nonprofit sector to further the mission of Marquis Studios through her role as Director of Development.



  • 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.