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The David Marquis School of the Arts Celebrates!

P37R, Staten Island District 75 school, named after Marquis Studios founding director, David Marquis. Marquis Studios and P37R host a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the school naming.


Marquis Studios and P37R proudly celebrate 18 years of partnership and the school’s naming with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony. This past spring, former Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that P37R would be named The David Marquis School of the Arts, after the founding Director of Marquis Studios who passed away in November 2017. The invitation-only event was held on October 24, 2018 from 10:00am – 11:00am, at The David Marquis School of the Arts (15 Fairfield Street, Staten Island, NY 10308). Susan Gonzalez, Marquis Studios Facilitating Artist served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event.


Special guests included David’s family, Beth Marquis and Tessa Marquis; Bobye List, Executive Director of the Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation; Susan Newman from The Harriet & Esteban Vicente Foundation; Virginia Keim from The Foundling; Barbara Joseph, Deputy Superintendent of District 75; Ricardo Rodriguez, Marquis Studios’ Board member; Former P37R Principal Florence Gorsky; Alexa Fairchild, Arts for Diverse Learners Program Manager at the Office of Arts & Special Projects, New York City Department of Education and P37R CO-PTA Presidents, Annmarie Donato & Sue Pugliese spoke about impact of the arts on the lives of their children and the newly appointed Principal of P37R, Deborah Evans gave an inspiring speech about equity, access and the arts.


“Equity and Access to the ARTS for Special Education Students accentuates their abilities,” said newly appointed P37R Principal Deborah Evans.


Marquis Studios looks forward to continuing their partnership and collaboration with Principal Deborah Evans and the P37R community. Deborah Evans said, “Moving forward in the 2018-2019 school year and beyond, P37R is committed and will remain committed to the arts. P37R will be committed in all the ways we can, by all the means that we can and as long as we can. In honoring David Marquis’ legacy, we are humbled and proud to be formally named The David Marquis School of the Arts.”


Marquis Studios’ mission is to inspire a passion for learning by bringing the arts to schools. Marquis Studios’ dedicated Board and staff continue the great work of founder and former Executive Director David Marquis by ensuring that every student has an authentic and exciting arts experience. Day after day, school after school, child after child, Marquis Studios will continue to build self-confidence in New York City public school students through high-quality arts education programming.


Thank to you the P37R Community! 

Deborah Evans, Principal

Angelo LaGrega, Assistant Principal

Jessica Fitzpatrick, Assistant Principal

Lauren Oellerich, Assistant Principal

Donna Cornicelli, Parent Coordinator

Annmarie Donato, PTA Co-President

Sue Pugliese, PTA Co-President

Pat Bergstrom, Arts Liaison & Art Teacher

Mary McGinnis, Dance Teacher 

Ayleen Rooney, Classroom Teacher

Colleen Pino, Classroom Teacher

Linda Vocile, Classroom Teacher

Loretta Mauri, Classroom Teacher

Michael Picone, Classroom Teacher

Maria Pirozzi, APE Teacher

Brian Anderson, Custodial Engineer

Parent-Teacher Association of P37R


Special Thanks 

Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, Founder of VSA 

Richard A. Carranza, Chancellor of New York City Schools

Carmen Fariña, Former Chancellor of New York City Schools

Joe Borelli, District 51 NY City Council Member

Kelter Louissaint, Superintendent of District 75

Barbara Joseph, Deputy Superintendent of District 75 

Florence Gorsky, Former Principal, P37R 

Bobye List, Executive Director of The Kornfeld Foundation

Beth Marquis, Friend of Marquis Studios 

Tessa Marquis, Friend of Marquis Studios

Chris Forté, Marquis Studios Education Liaison 

The Marquis Studios Board of Directors


Special Mentions 

Willliam Fiorelli, Former Principal, P37R 

Anthony Faiella, Former Principal, P37R

Janice Harding, Former P37R Teacher

Judy Gruber, Former P37R Teacher


TATI Facilitating Artists 

Cecilia Smith 

Erica Rooney

Joan Merwyn 

Susan Gonzalez