NORTH ALLEGHENY TRAVELING ART GALLERY (T.A.G.)
The Traveling Art Gallery (T.A.G.) Is an art appreciation program which different prints of artworks by famous artists are presented by volunteers to elementary classrooms throughout the district on a rotating monthly basis. Below, you will find frequently asked questions regarding the T.A.G. program.
This program supplements the existing art education program by introducing the children to famous artists. The goals of this program are to develop each child's interest in art and stimulate his or her ability to form a personal opinion and enjoy a variety of works of art.
Forty works of famous artists have been selected for presentation to the children. A committee, chaired by Suzanne Carson and Francie Cech, artists and art educators, assembled a collection that ranges from the Renaissance period to current times. Many of the works selected were done by artists who have work on display at the Carnegie Museum Scaife Gallery. The committee also included Barbara LeWinter and Barbara Whitehouse, interested parents with artistic experience.
Funds for the acquisition of the original set of prints and framing were provided through a grant from the North Allegheny Foundation of Excellence. Additional sets were funded through a partnership comprised of the Foundation, North Allegheny School District, and the eight P.F.A's/P.T.O.'s.
Volunteers present a particular art print to each classroom at a given grade level on a monthly basis. The print remains in each classroom for a month and then "moves" with the volunteer to another classroom.
Each volunteer develops an interesting presentation (20 - 30 minutes) of a print assigned to him/her at a given grade level. Materials and supplementary art work are given to each volunteer to assist him/her in developing their presentation. Volunteers are assisted by an art expert and the art teachers as needed. A training session is held prior to scheduled presentations to orient the volunteers and distribute prints and materials.
T.A.G. is organized through a network of parent volunteers. It is essential that each building participating in T.A.G. have a parent volunteer coordinator(s) as well as volunteer for each classroom.
The parent volunteer coordinators responsibilities include:
The classroom volunteer responsibilities include: