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.

Founded in 1977, Marquis Studios has served over 460,000 students, 26,000 teachers and 15,000 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.


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

  • Barbara Pollard

    Director of Special Projects

    Barbara Pollard has extensive experience in the Arts in Education field. As Director of Special Projects for Marquis Studios, she is excited to bring the arts to NYC public schools. Most recently, she was the Manager of Special Projects at Town Hall in Manhattan where she brought dance, theater, visual arts and music residencies into NYC schools. At the New York State Council on the Arts, she was the interim Director of the Arts in Education division. In addition, Barbara has developed and implemented education programs, strategic planning and fundraising at Lincoln Center Institute, The National Academy of Design, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Metropolitan Opera Guild, The Neuberger Museum at SUNY Purchase and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Barbara received an MA in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU, an MA in Educational Administration and Organizational Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.


  • Vassili Shishkin

    Financial Manager

    Vassili Shishkin has graduated Hartwick College with an Economics degree. He has experience in almost every department of the company. Currently he is the Financial Manager. His previous work experience was primarily in Internet and Computer Technology­‐related fields. His other interests include cooking, making music, riding bikes and preparing for his cross­‐country and cross South American motorcycle trips.



  • Shanon Traviss

    Program Associate

    Shanon is thrilled to be working at Marquis Studios as the Assistant to the Program Manger.  She received her Bachelors Degree from the University at Albany where her focus was both Art and Art History.  She later went on to study Creative Arts Therapy and Creativity Development at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.  Shannon brings experience in both administration and education, and a passion for the arts and nonprofit art world.  In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, and baking cookies.