Marquis Studios arts‐in‐education services are an ideal way to bring the arts into classrooms and after school programs while also serving as professional development for staff. Each program is focused on a specific art discipline selected after consultation with client staff. A team of senior management and Teaching Artists design all programs to integrate the arts with instruction in academic subjects by utilizing the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts and Common Core Standards. Programs are adapted and customized to the appropriate age level and are available for grades K‐12.
What does abstract art mean? How is it different from other art? By using geometry, spatial relationships and color fields instead of literal representations, students show their ideas and feelings. While practicing the techniques of collage, painting and drawing they learn about balancing composition and space. Music and works by famous artists such as Jackson Pollock and Vincent van Gogh inspire their pieces.
The power of African music and movement allows students to learn a variety of traditional and contemporary dances from different regions of the continent as well as styles from the African Diaspora. Classes explore the geography, traditional dance and music as well as cultural characteristics of various African countries through audio recordings, video footage and folklore. A final celebratory showcase blends traditional and contemporary African dances.
* This residency culminates in a performance.
* This program makes connections to the curriculum in Social Studies.
The African Marketplace Project pairs the study of art and culture in the developing world with lessons about financial literacy and social responsibility. The centerpiece of the African Marketplace Project is students’ participation as lenders in Kiva, an online lending platform which allows individuals to make micro-loans to small businesses in the developing world. Students are introduced to the concept of responsible debt through “One Hen,” a children’s book based on the true story of a young Ghanaian entrepreneur. After discussing “One Hen,” each class is given $100 to invest in a real Kiva entrepreneur in an African country of their choice. By becoming lenders themselves, students learn first-hand how micro-finance can help improve lives in the developing world.
Parallel to this study, each team of students develops a business plan around what craft items they create and sell at the school’s culminating “Marketplace Fair,” where each group of student entrepreneurs sells the items they have made to raise money for a local charity of their choosing. Students build direct experience in planning and manufacturing a product as well as selling it to the public, which mirrors the small business they have helped finance through their Kiva micro-loan.
* This program makes connections to the curriculum in Social Studies, Math, Literacy, Financial Literacy.
The African Marketplace program is made possible with support from Equitable Communities