From the CEO

Did you know that the total financial impact that museums have on the economy in Massachusetts is a staggering $1.21 billion dollars?

Moreover, there are approximately 850 million visits each year to American museums, more than all major league sporting events and theme parks combined!  Museums continue to provide important economic impacts to our communities, and serve as trustworthy sources of information. PAAM continues to push the boundaries of what a museum is and can be as we discover, alongside artists, art appreciators, life-long learners, and collectors, new ways that we can make a difference regionally and nationally.

On April 8, PAAM was the recipient of a 2019 Commonwealth Award—the highest cultural award in the state, for “its unique legacy of groundbreaking exhibitions and programming, passion for removing barriers to participation, and commitment to engaging young people through the visual arts.”  The Commonwealth Award is a celebration of the best of the best and a demonstration of the Power of Culture to enrich us all.  We couldn’t be more proud!

2019 is shaping up to be another exciting year featuring a diverse line up of exhibitions, classes and special events.  We will kick off spring with TO SURVIVE ON THIS SHORE: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults by Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre; Paintings and Watercolors by Marion Campbell Hawthorne; Joseph Kaplan and His Contemporaries; and The Transformation of Line: The Drawings and Paintings of Michael Prodanou.  These exhibitions span decades of creativity and we invite you to experience the Provincetown legacy in the oldest continuous art colony in America through the lenses of these accomplished artists.  Once you have had a chance to see the exhibitions, you might be inspired to take a class in our beautiful studios with one of our talented teaching artists.

PAAM would not be where we are today without the generosity of our Board, staff, members, volunteers and supporters—individuals who believe in what we do, and the artists who trust us as champions of their ideas and creations. If you haven’t already, please consider making a gift to PAAM – we can’t wait to share what’s next.





Image: Jess T. Dugan, Caprice, 55, Chicago, IL, 2015