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.

  • 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.


  • Ashley Tucker

    Director of Operations

    Ashley Tucker has over 10 years of experience in Arts and Cultural Administration. As the Director of Operations for Marquis Studios, she supports the Executive Director with the day-to-day operations of the organization. She has a background in the Visual Arts and holds a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design; and holds a Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute. As a consultant, Ashley has worked as a fundraiser, project manager and event planner across sectors. She has developed strategic recommendations ranging from systematic improvements to potential investment opportunities for nonprofit and private sector clients. Ashley is honored to serve Marquis Studios’s mission as the Director of Operations as she is committed improving equity and access to the arts for all.