The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) has been an epicenter of creativity in the region since 1914, when the association began to amass its significant collection of 3,000 works of American art. Having 1800 members—650 of them artists—in 27 states and 8 nations, PAAM has grown into a cultural center that enriches all of Cape Cod and beyond.
Since opening its new facility—the first LEED-certified green art museum in the country—more than 35,000 visitors attend nearly 200 annual programs—exhibitions, classes, auctions, lectures, concerts, garden tours, panels and workshops.
PAAM initiates about 35 exhibitions annually—including 8 members’ open, juried and invitational shows—and maintains a research library that receives several inquiries from scholars and collectors each week.
The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Museum School at PAAM offers year-round classes for adults, and administers a grant program offered to American painters aged 45+ who demonstrate financial need. The Student Curating, ArtReach, and Art on the Edge programs serve children from eight public school systems on Cape Cod.
In these ways PAAM fulfills its tri-part mission—as a collecting and exhibiting institution, an artists’ association and a museum school—which has remained constant for a century. PAAM maintains a minimal staff, 6 full-time and 6 part-time people; employs approximately 60 working Cape Cod artists as teachers; and is grateful to the labors of PAAM’s 250 volunteers, annual interns and 25 trustees.