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.

  • Laura Grotenstein

    Operations Associate

    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 taught 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. 


  • Cara McClane

    Office Coordinator

    Cara is excited to be a part of Marquis Studios as the Office Coordinator. She graduated from Fordham University in New York where she studied Psychology and Peace & Justice, gaining experience through service projects in the Bronx, Peru and South Africa. After college, Cara joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Tacoma, Washington, and served as a Case Manager and Program Generalist for adults experiencing homelessness. Cara also holds a passion for photography and graphic design. She believes that art can change the world and can’t wait to help young minds learn how to express themselves creatively as a part of this team!

  • Sarah Ory

    Director of Development

    Sarah Ory began her career in fundraising in 2002, and has gained extensive experience with organizations that serve children and adults with diverse abilities. She has worked with multiple nonprofits serving students with disabilities in the public school system. In addition to years of development experience, Sarah has a BA in Studio Art and a MS in Nonprofit Management. 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 Development Director.