Marquis Studios is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing arts-in‐education services to 150 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.
Amy Appleton received her BA in Studio Art and Spanish from Muhlenberg College and her MA in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Amy has over 10 years of experience as a visual arts teaching artist with youth and families in schools, fine arts studios, community centers, playgrounds, and faith-based organizations. In NYC, she worked with the Center for Arts Education, Free Arts NYC, and currently writes and leads tours for families at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through Curious Minds Tours. Amy has worked in the education departments of multiple urban arts non-profits: ArtsQuest in Bethlehem, PA; the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD where she served a year in AmeriCorps; CITYarts in NYC, and Free Arts NYC where she spent 5 years developing programs for youth and leading professional development workshops for arts mentors and instructors. She is also a musician and performs in the NY Flute Club’s Ensemble Program and the Trinity Handbell Choir in Astoria. Amy has been a lifelong advocate for arts education and is excited to join the team at Marquis Studios in 2016.
Ashley is honored to join Marquis Studios as Operations Manager. She holds a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and a Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute. She has non-profit work experience in operations management, fundraising, project budgets, media marketing, and event planning. As a consultant in New York City, she has worked collaboratively with both non-profit organizations and private companies. She developed strategic recommendations ranging from systematic improvements to potential investment opportunities for clients. As Operations Manager, Ashley is excited to contribute to the Marquis Studios mission to foster real transformational change in NYC public schools through arts education and engagement.