The Traveling Art Gallery (T.A.G.) is an art appreciation program in which volunteers present a different print by a famous artist to kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms throughout the district on a rotating monthly basis. Below, you will find frequently asked questions regarding the T.A.G. program.

    For more information about the T.A.G. Program, please contact:

    Andrea Jaecks
    T.A.G. Program Coordinator
    Marshall Elementary School
    (724) 935-4044

    Why T.A.G.?

    This art experience provides all of our elementary students with an additional opportunity to develop “21st century” skills, such as creativity and critical thinking. This program also supplements our existing art education curriculum by introducing the children to more famous artists, styles of art, and different cultures. The T.A.G. program goals are to enhance each student’s interest in art, develop vocabulary, and stimulate his/her ability to form an opinion about a wide variety of works of art. Hopefully this will foster a lifelong interest and appreciation for the unique human language of visual art.

    How is the art selected?

    Forty works by famous artists have been selected for presentation to the children. A committee, chaired by Suzanne Carson and Francie Cech, artists and former NA art educators, assembled a collection that ranges from the Renaissance period to current times. Many of the works selected were created by artists who have artwork on display at the Carnegie Museum of Art/Scaife Gallery. The committee also included Barbara LeWinter and Barbara Whitehouse, interested parents with artistic experience.

    How is T.A.G. funded?

    Funds for the acquisition of the original set of prints and framing were provided through a grant from the North Allegheny Foundation for Excellence. Additional sets were funded through a partnership comprised of the Foundation, North Allegheny School District, and the seven P.F.A.’s/P.T.O.’s.

    Joy Borelli-Edwards, owner of be Galleries, has supported the T.A.G. program since it's inception, and is credited with framing all the prints in the collection.

    The district has an open account at Ace Hardware in Wexford, where general repairs of the frames and replacement of any broken glass are handled. This is paid for through annual funds provided by the elementary school P.F.A.’s/P.T.O.’s

    How does T.A.G. work?

    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) based on the print assigned to him/her to be presented to a specific grade level. Materials and supplementary artwork are given to each volunteer to assist him/her in developing their presentation. Volunteers can receive assistance from the art teacher in their building, if needed. A training session is held prior to scheduled presentations to orient the volunteers and distribute prints and materials.

    How is T.A.G. organized in individual buildings?

    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 a volunteer for each classroom.

    What are the responsibilities of the parent volunteer coordinators?

    The parent volunteer coordinators responsibilities include:
    • Prior to presentations:
      • Recruiting volunteers.
      • Organizing training session for volunteers.
      • Assisting and distributing prints.
      • Working with building principal(s) and teachers to develop a presentation schedule.
    • At conclusion of presentations:
      • Overseeing collection of prints/folders.
      • Distributing and collecting volunteer and teacher evaluation forms.
      • Checking the general condition of the prints, wrapping and labeling prints.
      • Placing prints in designated storage area (Spring) or coordinating transportation to partner elementary school (Fall). (Storage and transportation information provided by Andrea Jaecks, 724-935-4044 at Marshall Elementary / ajaecks@northallegheny.org.

    What are the responsibilities of classroom volunteers?

    The classroom volunteer responsibilities include:
    • Developing a presentation for their one assigned print.
    • Organizing any necessary materials for the presentation and checking with the classroom teacher for available materials in the classroom (ex. CD players, crayons, paper etc.).
    • Contacting the classroom teacher prior to the scheduled presentation to briefly review plans and solicit “helpful hints” on making the presentation successful.
    • On the first T.A.G. day, bring the print to presentation – on subsequent T.A.G. days, picking up print in previous month’s classroom and transporting it to the next destination.
    • At conclusion of T.A.G. program, writing up a brief description of your presentation and placing it in the coordinating folder for your print. You may also wish to include copies of articles, prints, etc. that you find helpful in preparing your presentation.
    • Please note: If you cannot make a scheduled T.A.G. presentation, please contact your classroom teacher to reschedule presentations at a mutually convenient time!