Artist Profile

Carson City, Nevada

Tracy McQuay

McQuay, Tracy

Licensed master teacher Tracy McQuay has taught elementary school in the Carson City School District for 20 years. She received her Master's Degree in Integrating Arts in Education from Lesley University in 2011 and has been an active poet in her community studying with poets such as Billy Collins, Ellen Hopkins, Bill Cowee, and Krista Lukas.

McQuay's passion for writing integrates well with her love of teaching. For seven years, Tracy taught multi-age students how to read, write, and dramatize poetry in an after-school poetry program. She has used the same techniques of experiential instruction to guide adults to write during community workshops. She continues her education in the art of writing by attending events through the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Recently, she studied narrative voice with author Joyce Maynard in Guatemala.

Carson City, NV
(775) 230-4383

Counties Served
Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, Storey, and Washoe Counties
Preferred Groups/Populations
Schools (grades K-12), college, young adult, adult, at risk, special needs/disabilities, ESL/ELL
Schools, colleges, treatment facilities, community groups
Fees, Availability and Technical Requirements
Contact Artist
Professional Development Workshops: Teacher/Staff Training
Arts Integration for Educators: instructs teachers how to use art as a vehicle to teach content. For example, a picture book can be turned into a shadow puppet show in which students dramatize characters, create sound effects with everyday objects, and retell stories. For example, if the standard has to do with desert habitat, we use a picture book that illustrates that. Students learn about animals, how they survive in their habitat, the sounds they make, how they move, etc. This increases their vocabulary as well. Educators are taken through the process as students.
Program/Residency Activity Descriptions: Schools/Communities
Post-It Poetry: integrates music and visual arts with poetry. In the class, students listen to music while creating an abstract visual art piece. Once the music ends, students walk around and view each other's work (though most call it 'play'). Each participant leaves a post-it note with one word on it that comes to them while viewing the art. The original artist goes back to their piece and uses the notes to create a poem; Rock, Paper, Scissors: a creativity workshop with emphasis on producing a work of art. Whether its rock painting, book making, origami, or poetry writing, everyone walks away with the sense that they don't have to spend a lot of money or time to create art.