Marquis Studios is a nonprofit arts and education organization. Our mission is to inspire a passion for learning by bringing the arts into schools!

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Our Founder

David Marquis' Vision

Marquis Studios was founded by David Marquis in 1977, as a nonprofit dedicated to both theatrical performances and arts education. The theatrical performances toured the United States and internationally, highlighting issues around gender and economic politics as well as issues facing children. In 1992, bringing the arts into schools became the organization’s sole mission. David served as Executive Director until he passed away in November 2017.  

About Us

Bringing the Arts to NYC

Founded in 1977, Marquis Studios is a multi-disciplinary arts education nonprofit that inspires a passion for learning by bringing the arts into New York City public schools. Our staff of 80 experienced Teaching Artists provides a full spectrum of arts experiences to over 140 schools each year, serving 25,000 students across all 5 boroughs of NYC. We strive to make learning a positive experience for every child regardless of income or ability. By building strong partnerships between Teaching Artists and educators, we enable students to reach their full potential.

Our History

Four Decades of Service

Over the last 44 years, Marquis Studios has served over 550,000 students, 30,000 teachers and 20,000 parents in schools throughout NYC. Approximately 80 percent of our programs serve students living  at or below the federal poverty level and more than 50 percent of all grant-funded programming is delivered in classrooms serving students with disabilities.

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